Chevrolet donates car seats to Dubai’s SAFE Center students

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Chevrolet donates car seats to Dubai’s SAFE Center students

Busloads of car seats donated to protect children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

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Published: Mon 21 Jul 2014, 3:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:05 PM

Jona Jarmin, Kate Grimes, and Joanee Ferrer from the SAFE Center.- Supplied photo

Jona Jarmin, Kate Grimes, and Joanee Ferrer from the SAFE Center.- Supplied photo

Children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are now safer travelling to and from school thanks to the generous donation of busloads of car seats by Chevrolet Middle East.

The donation was made to Dubai’s SAFE Center for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome as part of Chevrolet’s ongoing mission to give back to the community and to raise awareness about the importance of wearing seatbelts.

The SAFE Center is one of the few facilities in the country that provides educational, occupational and language therapy to children and young people across all levels of the Autism spectrum.

“The SAFE Center for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are extremely grateful for the donation of the wonderful car seats for our Center buses. This not only gives peace of mind to our team but to our students’ parents as well, knowing that their children are now safer on the roads of Dubai. We wish to say a big ‘thank you’ to Chevrolet for this very kind donation,” said Mahbouba Yousef, Director of the SAFE Center for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“Driver and passenger safety is GM’s number one priority, so we jumped at the chance to support the Center to keep their pupils safe as they travel to and from school,” said Maurice Williams, President and Managing Director of GM Middle East.

GM is no stranger to the seatbelt safety message. GM brand Chevrolet has long been the sponsor of the Buckle up in the Back initiative that educates children, parents and teachers about the importance of wearing safety belts and the correct use of child seats through in-school presentations.

Buckle up in the Back founder Lesley Cully contacted Chevrolet after she visited the SAFE Center and found that they needed booster seats for their buses.

“I am delighted that Chevrolet, which already supports my school roadshows, stepped up and supplied the seats. They prove that large companies do care and believe in supporting safety initiatives that make a local difference,” said Cully.

“Unfortunately road accidents are so common place in the UAE it’s almost a part of life. We at Chevrolet love knowing that we’re helping to bring peace of mind to parents and the Center, and that we have a role in protecting what’s most precious to them when they’re on the roads,” said Williams.


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