?Adopt a Camp? charity drive a hit in Dubai

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Volunteers of 'Adopt a Camp' transport gift packages to be distributed among laborers in camps on the outskirts of Dubai. Photo - Adoptacamp via Facebook

Hundreds responded to ?Adopt a Camp? charity drive organized at the Dubai World Trade Centre, where eight camps where adopted for supplying and delivering packages of food and other essentials to labourers during Ramadan. The initiative was organized jointly by Adopt-A-Camp charity and Dubai Chamber of Commerce, as part of its Ramadan Festival.

The organizers of the camp hoped to distribute at least 3,000 care packages in camps during the holy month. Each box carried enough supplies for three months, including energy food to help workers through Ramadan, plus new pillows, towels, socks, toothbrushes, bed sheets, metal plates and other items.

The boxes were distributed to laborers in a mixture of working and abandoned camps in Jebel Ali and Dubai Investment Park.

The initiative

The initiative, which was started five years ago by a Dubai-based Canadian, Saher Shaikh, saw six companies adopting a camp.

Once the items are collected, volunteers packed the items into boxes at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The packages were assembled on August 18 at Dubai World Trade Centre and distributed to camps the next day.

The event saw 3,000 cartons full of things of basic needs packed and transported to different camps in what was dubbed as a ?Care Packages Night in Ramadan.?

Public response

Some of the Facebook enthusiasts had responded in a positive tone about the charity work. Mohammed Towfeek of Mashriq Bank said, ?This is first time that I have come here, but it is fantastic. You feel you?re really doing something for the community.?
Hemant Jaim from Fujitsu also said he was attracted to the event as he is active on the social network. Shey Lawale, an expatriate from the UK,? also attended the event. ?It looks very organised. I am glad I have given some of my time to this noble cause,? he remarked.

Hani Abduhu of Abraaj Real Estate told he learnt about it for the first time through his company. Abraaj adopted a camp of 800 people. Other companies that participated in the event were Euro Movers, Movenpick, IBM, Gulf Capital and Kraft.

Sources: Gulf Today, The National

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