Roads and Transport Authority – Nashwan Atta’ee:
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has carried out a massive volunteering initiative aimed to register a Guinness World Record for the largest number of participants in folding long-sleeve shirts. Attendees of the event, which was held at Zabeel Park in Dubai, included HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA and HE Abdullah Al Basti, Secretary General of the Dubai Executive Council.
Participants in the event, which is part of RTA’s ‘Kiswat Khair’ (Clothes for Good’ initiative, included 850 volunteers from RTA and ten from public and private entities in Dubai. The step is taken in support of the ‘Day for Dubai’ humanitarian initiative launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, to foster the spirit of volunteering in the UAE community through unconventional means.
Volunteers have managed to recycle 35 thousand garments, pressed 1400 shirts and wrapped them in Black & White packs bearing a mosaic emulating the logo of Year of Zayed. It is a gesture of loyalty and gratitude to the founding leader the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his humanitarian work, not only in the UAE but also in other countries.
Attempts to break the Guinness World Record in several events, including humanitarian events, is a great motivator of humanitarian and social initiatives in support of the needy in the least developed countries.
‘Kiswat Khair’ initiative held by RTA for the second year in a row has attracted the participation of several leading public and private entities in Dubai. The list includes Dubai Police, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Civil Defence Directorate, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Al Futtaim Automobiles, Emirates Airlines, Al Magroudi, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Dubai Women Association and Dar Al Ber Society.
Each of these entities has donated their uniforms for recycling and participated with volunteers. Dar Al Ber Society catered to the collection and distribution of clothes donated.
The initiative aims to assist the needy in underprivileged countries through mustering efforts of volunteers from RTA and beyond. The teams were engaged in reconditioning and recycling of uniforms. They used the tools provided to sort out, cut, modify, repair, clean, press and wrapped the uniforms in a fine shape befitting the intended humanitarian objective. The items was made ready for distribution to beneficiaries in coordination with Global Textile FZE.
It is worth mentioning that His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum launched the Day for Dubai initiative in December 2017. It aims at embedding the spirit of volunteering through dedicating one day each year for volunteering activities. Volunteers are urged to donate part of their time to activities befitting their talents and skills or engage in volunteering activity in conjunction with community service entities.
© Press Release 2018