x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Etihad puts colour into cancer children’s lives with T-shirt sale in Abu Dhabi

Parades, clowns, singers and T-shirts brought colour to the capital's Corniche for Etihad's charity initiative "Colour Their Lives".

The Colour Their Lives charity event raised funds to support the Children's Cancer Hospital Foundation 57357 in Egypt. Mona Al-Marzooqi/ The National
The Colour Their Lives charity event raised funds to support the Children's Cancer Hospital Foundation 57357 in Egypt. Mona Al-Marzooqi/ The National

ABU DHABI // Hundreds of visitors to the capital’s Corniche flocked around the many booths by the beach to buy colourful T-shirts for charity.

As part of the Colour Their Lives initiative by Etihad Airways, visitors bought T-shirts for up to Dh50, with the money collected going to patients in Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation 57357 in Egypt.

The hospital, which depends fully on donations to treat all children with cancer, is one of the largest of its type in the world.

Mahi Jamal, 28, an Etihad Airways employee and a volunteer at the event, said: “I am willing to volunteer because of the event and its purpose. I feel like it is my duty.

“It feels good to participate and help others, and we wish to make a difference.”

“This is for kids and I feel I have a hand in someone’s treatment. The hospital depends on donations, and without them the children might not receive the treatment needed.”

On the agenda for the day were clowns, parades and the Egyptian singer Ehab Toufiq.

The main attraction was the giant wall dedicated to the President, Sheikh Khalifa, on which visitors of all ages and nationalities signed their good wishes.

Filipino Ernesto Elizondo, 31, donated to the charity after he was told about it by a friend.

“It felt good, a small wage to actually do something,” he said.

Toufiq Allam, who came in first place in the adult road race, summed up his victory and his love for the event in simple terms.

“I feel very happy,” he said.

Prizes included travel tickets to various destinations and free tickets to visit Ferrari World on Yas Island.

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