ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, June 24th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
The Emirates Autism Society recently launched the “In the Footsteps of Zayed 2” initiative, which builds upon the previous initiative launched during Ramadan 2014. The initiative follows the footsteps of the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May God rest his soul) in caring for humanitarian work and aims to revive his memory through charitable and humanitarian work.
Dr. Khawla Salem Al Saadi, Chairman of the Emirates Autism Society, indicated that the idea of launching the initiative this year was based on supporting orphans through the principle of brotherly cooperation.
Through the initiative, the orphans will act as a “big brother” to their paired autistic team member, where together they will cooperate as one through their humanitarian work.
She added: “The event is launched under the noble goals and slogan with the participation of strategic partners from the Dar Zayed for Family Care and the Al Ihsan Charity Association, and with the active participation of Abu Dhabi Police.” She pointed out that the initiative enhances efforts aimed to integrate groups of orphans and children with autism into a social environment. “The initiative aims to emphasize the principles of humanitarian work and noble community values; and to encourage these children through systematic visits to children in hospitals to give them gifts. The initiative encourages these children by highlighting their abilities to give and to share with their brothers in society; and also spreads awareness about autism through these visits – which serves the desired educational goals,” said Dr. Al Saadi.
Moreover, she praised the participation of partners in the Society’s initiative, including the Abu Dhabi Police. She noted how she considered the active support for the Society’s humanitarian activities as a confirmation to the importance of such initiatives that incorporate humanitarian work and support for such a precious segment of society.
In regards to the participation by the Abu Dhabi Police, Colonel Mubarak Awadh Mubarak bin Muhairom Al Ameri, Director General of Community Protection and Crime Prevention at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, said that the participation in the initiative aims to promote strategic partnerships with national institutions concerned with humanitarian work in the society. He said it additionally emphasizes the keenness of the Abu Dhabi Police to conduct community outreach in a way that serves the modern tendencies of humanitarian and social responsibilities and to achieve the desired goals.
“We appreciate the positive efforts exerted by the Emirates Autism Society in being one of the active national institutions in humanitarian work,” he said as he stressed the importance of cooperation with various civil society organizations. He noted that participation creates a sort of consensus that is required between all parties in order to enhance cooperation and orientation towards humanitarian work and to employ all available resources in such work systems - which reflects positively on the targeted audience of the initiative.
Furthermore, the Colonel bin Muhairom praised the initiative that was organized during the holy month, which witnesses an abundance of philanthropy. He also highlighted the intensified efforts of the Abu Dhabi Police in humanitarian and community work during the holy month in order to confirm the concepts of social solidarity within the society.
First Lieutenant Mubarak Hadef Al Khaili, Volunteers Branch Manager at the Community Police Department, said: “The participation stretches across all of the emirates in support of charitable and humanitarian work, and includes visits to hospitals and health centers to accompany the orphans and autistic children.” He highlighted how Humanitarian Day is a day through which humanitarian initiatives and constructive volunteering are promoted.
The initiative began with a visit to the Al Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi followed by visits to: the Latifa Hospital for Thalassemia patients in Dubai, the Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, the Al Qassimi Hospital in Sharjah, the Khalifa Hospital for women and children in Ajman and Fujairah, and the Saqr Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah. The initiative will conclude with a ceremony that will be held at the University of Abu Dhabi to honor the main sponsors and participants.
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