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RCA gets donation of Dh10m

posted on 20/11/2002: 772 views

About Dh10 million was donated to the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) during the opening ceremony of Ramadan and Eid Festival at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre on Monday evening. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the RCA, opened the festival at a ceremony featuring dances and songs performed by a large number of children. The festival, organised by the RCA in co-operation with the General Exhibitions Corporation, will continue till December 6. More than 300,000 visitors are expected.

Meanwhile, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's Wife and Chairwoman of the UAE General Women's Union, yesterday visited the festival and donated Dh5 million. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sheikh Hamdan praised the role of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for his continuous support of humanitarian projects and his dedication to humane causes, which have provided the UAE people with an outstanding example of generosity and commitment to help the needy. Sheikh Hamdan said the humanitarian projects carried out by the association have reached all parts of the world, placing the UAE among the countries with an active involvement in world charity.

On the occasion, Sheikh Hamdan donated Dh1 million, his sons half that amount, and Nasr Al Shafi Al Hagri, Dh2,329,200. Other senior officials also contributed, and a total of Dh4,829,200 was raised on the occasion for charity. Khalifa Naser Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RCA, said the revenues of the current edition, called "The best of you is who is best to his family," will be donated to poor families and people in need in the UAE, focusing on local aid projects. He said from January to October more than Dh20 million was spent on several charitable projects.

The festival hosts about 350 stands, covering an area of more than 8,000 square metres, in addition to heritage villages, folk carnivals, competitions, and many other events. Restaurants, resting areas and a corner to play electronic games have already been set up, in addition to 17 stands from other countries, which will sell their traditional products. A theatre stage will host performances of popular music and dances, recitations of religious poems and folk dances. Daily competitions with prizes for the participants will also be held. (Gulf News & The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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