UAE launches international humanitarian awardApril 6th, 2008 - 7:49 pm ICT by admin
Abu Dhabi, April 6 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched an international humanitarian award to acknowledge the outstanding philanthropic work of individuals and organisations that contribute to easing the plight of the underprivileged around the world. Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA), formally launched the Zayed International Humanitarian Award (ZIHA), named after his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, late president of the UAE, WAM news agency reported.
“Sheikh Zayed devoted his life to provide the underprivileged with the means and support to help them achieve a decent and prosperous life. The father and founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed reached out to all throughout the world to help them overcome suffering caused by disasters, conflicts and turmoil,” said Hamdan on the occasion of the award launching function.
“The award celebrates the universality of humanity and encourages individuals and organisations around the world to come together in building a prosperous future through humanitarianism and securing a better life for the marginalized and underprivileged wherever they are,” he added.
“I am confident in the award’s ability to make a positive impact globally in the field of humanitarianism and in the ability of those representing ZIHA to achieve the noble goal of developing projects that support those in need facing difficult circumstances,” said Ali Abdullah Al Kaabi, president of the ZIHA board of trustees.
The award will be presented annually to individuals and organisations for their outstanding philanthropic works in uplifting the poor and underprivileged around the world.