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Dubai group to sing Xmas carols to help 4-year-old with rare genetic disease

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai
dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com Filed on November 20, 2019 | Last updated on November 20, 2019 at 04.58 pm
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Community group to sing Xmas carols to help 4-year-old with a rare genetic disease with Emirates Red Crescent Society officials Ayesha Ibrahim, the head of the awareness unit at Red Crescent and Mohammed Kamal, a senior administrator with Red Crescent. -Supplied Photo

Since 2010, Jingles has raised thousands of dirhams for kids with serious illnesses.

 A Dubai-based community group, Jingles, is all set to sing Christmas carols to raise money for four critically-ill children, including Mohammed Hamza, a four-year-old child with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS).

The other kids are Egyptian nationals Layan Elsayed (3) and Basmala Sameh (7) and Filipina Xander John (2). All the three children have been diagnosed with leukaemia. A 28-year-old Filipina Jasmine, who suffers from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, will also receive financial aid from the group.

While Jingles has been able to support with funding for treatment of all previous patients, this is the second time the group is launching a support initiative for Hamza.

Jingles, a collective of nearly 75 children and adults, was founded by Indian entrepreneur Rajiv David and wife Jessica David. The group is associated with Emirates Red Crescent Society.

The charity identifies children who require financial help to avail treatment for their illnesses with the backing from their in-house medical team and Dubai Health Authority. The group also has a permit from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) to raise funds for this purpose.

Since 2010, Jingles has raised thousands of dirhams for kids with serious illnesses. In 2016, the group raised Dh426,000 that went towards the treatment of three critically ill kids. 

Ayesha Ibrahim, the head of awareness unit at Red Crescent, told Khaleej Times: "My association with Jingles began in 2016, where we identified four children with leukaemia and the group was able to raise money for their treatment. This year, we have identified a total of four children that Jingles will raise money for."

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

 

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Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88


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