x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Red Crescent praised on anniversary

UAE aid group has achieved much in international humanitarian work, thanks to the support of philanthropists and humanitarians.

ABU DHABI // The UAE's focus on providing development aid for disaster-struck regions has been a success, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler's representative in the Western Region, said last night.

He spoke at the 29th anniversary gala for the country's primary humanitarian organisation, the Red Crescent Authority, at the Rocco Forte Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Nearly Dh68,000 was donated to the organisation last week for the Philippines, which was hit by four typhoons last year.

The charity also distributed slaughtered animals for Eid Al Adha to needy Syrian families and Palestinian refugees last November.

Sheikh Hamdan appealed to the global community to stand united and help end suffering such as poverty, hunger, diseases, displacement, homelessness and deprivation.

"The current humanitarian conditions require a strong act from the international community and its influential powers to strengthen solidarity in the support of victims,"said Sheikh Hamdan.

He added that the Red Crescent had achieved great things when it came to international humanitarian work thanks to the support of philanthropists and humanitarians.

Last summer, the authority launched a national fundraising telethon to help millions of people facing starvation in the Horn of Africa.

"The RCA is the UAE window and ambassador to global humanitarian [work]," said Sheikh Hamdan.

"Through its massive relief programmes, it has extended bridges of peace and love to people around the world who are suffering."

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