Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has successfully completed the first edition of its Volunteer Emirates 2017 initiative, which took place at Al Manama Private Charity School in Ajman in collaboration with Coca-Cola. The popular initiative, which supports the UAE non-profit education sector, saw more than 100 volunteers from across the UAE come together to dedicate their time and efforts to enrich the school's learning environment by providing equipment and furniture, as well as improving the learning conditions for more than 520 students.

Commenting on the latest edition of Volunteer Emirates, and its alignment with the UAE’s ‘Year of Giving 2017’, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said: “There is no doubt that Volunteer Emirates is one of our most popular volunteering initiatives. However this edition was even more popular than usual, with more than 2,000 volunteers signing up in the first 24 hours following the announcement. The announcement of 2017 as the 'Year of Giving' has reinvigorated the community's commitment to community service and volunteering. Today, we witnessed the true sense of service and commitment that exists among members of our society who are helping children get the best possible start in life.”

Volunteer Emirates 2017

Speaking on this partnership, Murat Ozgel, General Manager for Coca-Cola Middle East said: “We are happy to be partnering with Dubai Cares in its efforts to support the community here in the UAE, through the Emirates Volunteers program. At Coca-Cola we share with Dubai Cares the vision of engaging and contributing to the communities that we operate in, and the happiness and enthusiasm with which all the volunteers contributed to the renovation of the Al Manama Private Charity School is a wonderful example of these shared values.”

“We are inspired by the UAE leadership’s vision for The Year of Giving to give our time and energy to improving the educational and recreational environment for children in the community. Coca-Cola is grateful to Dubai Cares for recognizing this shared commitment and for involving us in its Emirates Volunteers program which we will continue to support throughout 2017.”

The first edition of Volunteer Emirates 2017 saw 100 volunteers take part in various activities, which included distributing 550 student backpacks and stationary sets, drawing educational murals across the schools’ corridors and providing educational material and sports equipment. The volunteers also helped provide desks and chairs for teachers and replacing the existing furniture in the teachers’ lounges and principal’s office.

Volunteer Emirates 2017

Ibrahim Al Charbiny, Principal of Al Manama Private Charity School in Ajman, said: “We are excited to see the reaction from students and teachers alike when they see the many positive improvements made to the school, made possible by Dubai Cares, its volunteers and the event sponsor Coca-Cola. We are truly grateful to those who lend a helping hand to support non-profit schools in the UAE. All students deserve to have the tools they need to learn and prosper.”

“We are truly grateful to Coca-Cola for sponsoring this edition of Volunteer Emirates, thus covering all expenses for the initiative as well as committing the time and efforts of 25 of their employees who volunteered with us today,” said Amal Al Redha, Director of Fundraising at Dubai Cares.