Warm Response to Dubai Cares Call for Gaza Relief Goods

DUBAI — An overwhelming response from people all over the Emirates to the Dubai Cares’ call for volunteers demonstrates a unified concern for the children of Gaza and makes the packing of relief goods faster than expected.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Mon 19 Jan 2009, 1:43 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:38 AM

Maria Hanif Hassan, Dubai Cares campaign coordinator, issued this statement on Saturday to Khaleej Times, adding that the warm response goes beyond their expectation as over 7,000 volunteers have so far turned up at the packing site on the ground floor of DIFC since Wednesday.

She said that they are originally targeting to pack 10,000 kits daily in a week until January 20. “But, we have finished packing the 50,000 hygiene kits in three days, and only about 10,000 school supplies kits are not ready because we are waiting for the replacements of the 10,000 backpack bags found to have defective zipper,” she said.

During the first day of packing, Dubai Cares just expected 150 to come, but 647 volunteers showed up.

“The number is increasing everyday with over a thousand on the second day, almost 3,000 on Friday and over 3,000 volunteers helped us pack yesterday.”

“Many volunteers come from different companies, organisations, schools, institutions, banks and other sectors, even individuals. Even the diplomatic ladies came. They were the first to arrive today, and they helped us until 3pm,” she said.

Hassan revealed that after the 100,000 kits of relief supplies are ready, these will be transported to Gaza and turned over to their non-government organisation partners, which include the United Nations.

“We intend our relief supplies to be the first to reach the Gaza children as soon as the ceasefire is on and the borders are opened,” Hassan added.

The relief supplies, consisting of 50,000 school supplies kits and 50,000 hygiene kits, will be distributed to 100,000. “We know that Gaza has 275,000 children. But, this is what we can offer.”

Dubai Cares will also receive donations from different sectors. One of them, Westminster School, announced that proceeds of Flair Fusion, its career fair cum talent fest and musical programme held last night, would be sent to the project of Dubai Cares for the thousands of people suffering in Gaza.

lily@khaleejtimes.com


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