Emirates Post group launches ‘Rescue Gaza’

By Jamil Khan

 

THE Emirates Post Group has launched its ‘Rescue Gaza’ campaign to collect donations in cash and all kind of donations from the public and group subsidiaries in Dubai on Wednesday. The target for cash donations is Dhs1 million.

In this regard, a special tent outside the Deira Main Post Office, Dubai was set up with a number of activities being held with the collaboration of Emirates Post Group, its subsidiary, Emirates Marketing and Promotion (EMP), UAE Red Crescent Authority and Emirates Fine Arts Society.

The activities at the tent inaugurated by Consul General of Palestine in Dubai Hassan Abdulkhaliq, President of Emirates Post Group Abdulla Al Daboos, CEO EMP Ahmad Tahlak, in the presence of representatives from UAE Red Crescent Society and Dubai Municipality.

Speaking on the occasion, Daboos said the Group will collect financial and other contributions from its staff as well customers at post offices through its subsidiary Emirates Marketing and Promotion (EMP) in association with the UAE Red Crescent Authority. Donors can drop their donations at the tent till Feb 10.

In the huge tent, the Emirates Fine Arts Society (EFAS) has arranged a number of renowned artists from different Arab and Asian countries painted various breathtaking paintings in front of the visitors.

Basem Al Sayer one of the local artists was seen giving final touches to his painting showing the gruesome scenes from the Gaza after the Israeli aggression. Bharati, an Indian artist, had painted a recent photograph of a child printed in almost all leading newspapers showing the head of a young boy whose torso was disappeared by the shrapnel of Israeli missiles. The other artists were M Ali Fahmi, top female artist from UAE Najat Makki and others who had painted various paintings that will be auctioned to raise money for the people of Gaza.

Khalil Abdul Wahid of EFAS told Gulf Today that the response from the artists around the world to show their talent for the cause of Rescue Gaza campaign was astonishing. “So far a handful number of artists participating in the show as these paintings besides auctioning will be developed as postcards and the money to go in the funding for the rehabilitation of Palestinians,” he said.

However, in the tent ornamented with shocking pictures of Palestinians suffering after the worst aggression by the Israeli forces captivated the attention of the visitors throughout the day. Besides this, a section was set up for children belong to different schools who painted various paintings and appreciated by the visitors who were seen the enthusiasm on the faces of young painters. The best painting will be featured on a special stamp, the proceeds of which will also go to Gaza.

Furthermore, Ministry of Health had set up a facility adjacent to tent where blood donation was collected throughout the day for the people of Palestinians.

CEO of EMP Ahmed Tahlak stressed the importance of concerted efforts to support the Palestinian brothers in Gaza: “We, at EMP, are pleased to contribute to the activation of this humanitarian campaign in support of the Palestinian people in their sad plight.”

Explaining the donation raising mechanism, Tahlak said that EMP had printed coupons of Dhs5 and Dhs10 for distribution to staff who wish to donate. EMP has also set up tents in specified locations at Emirates Post offices and selected shopping malls in Dubai to collect donations in kind.

The initiative is part of the humanitarian campaign that was launched on the directions of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in support of the people in Gaza.

-Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | Jan 22, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on January 22, 2009.

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