Dubai Municipality has handed over 14 cartons of unused medicines collected by employees to the UAE Red Crescent chapter in Dubai during a function held in Dubai Municipality head quarters.
The medicines were collected part of newly launched initiative organized by Tatawwu team, the voluntary group of Dubai Municipality in order to collect unused medicines from employees to support various efforts by humanitarian organizations.
Mohammed Abdulla Al-Zarooni, director of Dubai chapter of Red Crescent received the cartons from Khalid Ali Bin Zayed, Assistant Director General for International Affairs & Partnership Sector of Dubai Municipality, in the presence of Khalid Badri, Director of Customer Relations Department, Zahoor Al-Sabbagh, Director of Public Health Services department and other senior officials of civic body.
While talking in the program, Khalid bin Zayed said, “The program which is organized by Tattawwu team with the cooperation by Municipality Clinic is aiming at spreading the culture of volunteerism among employees as well as to create platform for donating unused medicines for the needy.” He added, “The initiative has given the unused medicines, normally thrown off to trash, a different meaning and is to be supporting various humanitarian groups in their efforts.”
He praised the efforts of Tatawwu team and stressed the need to continue such initiatives and wider its reach in order to benefit society better.
Mohammed Abdulla Al-Zarooni, Director of Dubai chapter of Red Crescent, said, “The medicines will be distributed among the patients registered in Red Crescent medical centre in Sharjah.” He praised the efforts of Tatawwu team and opined that more organizations should come to the fore with such initiatives, given the rise in medicine prices.
Mona Mohammed Malik who heads the volunteer team said more than 200 employees donated medicine in the initiative. She said, “The team had distributed specially prepared bags to all organizational units to distribute among employees for medicine collection.”
Dubai Municipality formed Tatawwu team was in 2012, to promote the culture of volunteerism among employees and to create chances for them to participate in various social and humanitarian initiatives and programs. The team has data base of registered volunteers in the civic body who are ready to dedicate their time in volunteering inside and outside the department.
Khalid Mohammed Badri, director of customer relations department of the civic body is the patron of the team while Mona Mohammed Malik, head of job& salary evaluation unit at the human resources department is appointed as team leader. The team keeps a systematic data-base with regards to its members so as to ease the co-ordinations and deployment of personnel in events and programs. It is learnt that team Tatawwu sends volunteers upon requests from various administrative units at departments of Dubai Municipality for supporting events.
Also, the team coordinates with various other departments other than Dubai Municipality to carry out and support initiatives and events that benefit society. Last year the them members spent near about 649 hours in volunteer work. It has been active in various programs such as Car Free Day initiative, Your Weight In Gold, Afrah Dubai, National Day activities, Family Day events and so on. Having 160 members onboard, the team has plans for skill development for its members using expertise and talent within Dubai Municipality as well as from outside.
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