‘Giving Retreat’ a meaningful plan: paper

ABU DHABI, 30th January, 2017 (WAM) — A UAE newspaper has said that a national “Giving Retreat” will discuss a unified plan for the country that covers all charity initiatives in line with President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s declaration of 2017 as the Year of Giving.

As His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has pointed out, the retreat would further boost the UAE’s position as the region’s leading charitable hub and transform people’s enthusiasm for contributing to sustainable institutional work which will make a tangible difference in people’s lives.

In an editorial on Monday, The Gulf Today said, “Sheikh Khalifa’s initiative seeks to promote the culture of giving back to the community so as to enhance the spirit of volunteering and loyalty to one’s country.

The paper went on to say, “The fact that the retreat will bring together over 100 cabinet ministers, government officials, and community and humanitarian leaders to carve out a permanent strategic framework for ongoing ideas and initiatives related to the Year of Giving makes it a very significant event.

“The agenda of the Giving Retreat is based around six key pillars. A minister from a relevant field will take charge of each pillar to oversee the strategy and initiatives, liaise with national authorities on large-scale implementation, follow up on achievements and present regular reports to the Higher National Committee for the Year of Giving.

“The move to form a dedicated team to receive new ideas shared on the #YearOfGiving hashtag, assess them and direct them to the relevant entities for implementation and execution, will help strengthen the campaign.

“The beauty of the UAE is that public and private organisations and individuals from all sections wholeheartedly take part in such noble activities. For example, the Emirates Association for Lawyers and Legal has now announced the launch of an AED1 million legal consultation endowment for the underprivileged.

“The University Hospital Sharjah, in co-operation with the Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Centre, will host the 3rd annual blood donation drive on 30th January to commemorate the Year of Giving.

“Nothing can match the joy of giving. The UAE knows this best and has always led in the field of charity, aid and voluntary initiatives globally. Thanks to its relentless humanitarian contributions, the country has rightly been recognised as the most generous.

“There can be no doubt that Sheikh Khalifa’s designating 2017 as the Year of Giving has taken generosity to an unparalleled level,” concluded the Sharjah-based daily.