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UAE Foreign Minister: volunteering an authentic Arab value deeply rooted in UAE national psyche

posted on 08/08/2010: 717 views

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs '&' Chairman of the Board of Emirates Foundation H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said volunteering has always been one of the authentic Arab values that are deeply rooted in the UAE national psyche and that whole generations were raised to value.

Sheikh Abdullah made his remakes in his forward to the recent report on the achievements made between 2008-2009 by Takatof, a voluntary social program, designed by the Emirates Foundation to create a culture of volunteering throughout the UAE.

The Emirates Foundation is nationwide initiative led by partnerships between the public and private sectors to encourage and stimulate increased social consciousness and act as a forum for active participation between the private and public sectors for the benefit of the community.

He hailed Takatof's volunteers who he said showed, last year, an extreme capacity to work and hold responsibility through involvement in the organizing of major social, art and sports events such as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009 and the FIFA Club World Cup 2009.

"Takatof volunteers acted as ambassadors of the culture of the UAE and He cited some of Takatof's nationwide project "Starts of Renewal" to rehabilitate schools, houses and healthcare centres and services for the elderly and poor families.

Sheikh Abdullah said Takatof, in implementing the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, realized the values of maximum generosity, giving and social solidarity.

He urged Takatof volunteers to exert more efforts to further boost, and contribute to, the process of development in the UAE.

For her part, Director of Takatof, Slama Al-Habsi, said the last two years saw significant growth of the numbers of volunteers and programs. "As much as 11000 volunteers signed up with Takatof in 2009 and the number of volunteer hours went up to 127000," she added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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