Rice Bucket Challenge

Students say yes to Rice Bucket Challenge for Gaza
20140921_113233By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 22, 2014

DUBAI: Dubai is now buzzing with the Rice Bucket Challenge, an awareness campaign with the aim of collecting rice to support deserving people around the world.
The challenge has been accepted by thousands of young students of The Kindergarten Starters (TKS) in Dubai to donate rice to feed people in war-torn Gaza with the support of the UAE Red Crescent.
The idea of the Rice Bucket Challenge was initiated by a young lady, Manju Latha Kalanidhi in Hyderabad, India to collect rice and donate to the deserving people in the society.
“The collecting of rice is more authentic and acceptable as compared to the Ice Bucket Challenge, which resulted in the wastage of a huge quantity of water. Everyone knows that water in this region is important and using this precious commodity to raise awareness was not suitable for us as well as our patrons. We want to make a real difference in the lives of deserving people so we adopted this idea,” said Asha Alexander, principal of the school in Dubai, while talking to The Gulf Today on Sunday in her office.
She said that after consultation with parents and teachers, the school came up with the idea and asked the students to motivate their parents and donate at least one kilogram of rice.
“Our target is to collect approximately 6,000 kg rice — as the school has around 5,500 students and 500 staff members — to feed millions of homeless, hungry people in Gaza. An appeal has been sent to all parents through their children a couple of days ago to comply on this,” she added.
The students were asked to donate at least 1 kg but there were many who brought more than this as part of their commitment towards the cause.
“The challenge to collect rice for the needy is more than an awareness initiative for the young children who know to support and help others especially when someone is in need. We in the school are paying extra efforts to educate students with the true values of society to share with others and understand the value of divine gifts which everyone is enjoying here in peaceful society under the leadership of visionary leaders,” she pointed.
The principal also highlighted other charity initiatives the school is involved in like helping others in need as well as collecting goods for labourers.
However, the school, in collaboration with the UAE Red Crescent, has initiated this drive and in a ceremony to be held on Sept.23, the boxes of collected rice will be handed over to the officials who will distribute it among the needy people in Gaza on behalf of the school’s children.
The ceremony will be attended by parents, senior government officials and students.

~ by jamilkhan on September 22, 2014.

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