Toiletry packets distributed in labour housing clusters

DUBAI — More than 1,400 volunteers gathered at World Trade Centre on August 18 as part of Dubai-based organisation Adopt-A-Camp’s initiative to pack basic toiletries and distribute them in labour accommodation units.

By Farhana Chowdhury

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Published: Mon 22 Aug 2011, 10:29 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:53 AM

“It was incredible. There were so many people of different ages and nationalities gathered for one cause. Whoever said that Dubai doesn’t have a soul should have been present that night,” said Saher Shaikh, founder of Adopt-A-Camp. A total of 3,129 packages containing necessities such as toothbrushes and socks were bundled into cardboard boxes and sealed. The packaging event started at 9pm and ran up to 3am after which Saher said the packets were distributed in labour housing clusters in Dubai Investment Park (DIP) and Jebel Ali.

“We returned home around 6.30 in the morning after distributing the packets,” she said. First-time volunteer and homemaker Ethel Andrews, who attended the event with her family of five, said she was impressed by the turnout.

“That night made me feel like there’s still hope left in humanity. I’m happy I took my children along. Now I’m motivated to participate in more volunteer groups,” she said. Speaking about the turnout, Saher commented, “It was a wonderful experience and we’ve had people aged between two months up to 70s. There were many who hadn’t registered but among those who did, there are about 1,400 names on the list. Mashah Allah, it was a great success.”

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