21 April 2020 Dubai – The holy month of Ramadan is starting from coming Saturday and Muslims around the world are preparing their schedule of activities during the holy month. As corona virus pandemic is in risky situation, many community are advised to stay home and pray during the festival. Some nation have started something noble and incredible.
As per news reports, UAE has a Nation wise food parcel distribution campaign Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, his wife Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of UAE Food Bank, launched ’10 million meals’ campaign, the nation’s biggest food distribution drive, to support low-income families and individuals affected by the corona-virus (Covid-19) outbreak across the UAE.
The nationwide campaign, which coincides with the approach of the holy month of Ramadan, enables the public, entities, companies, businessmen, entrepreneurs and philanthropists to make a financial donation towards purchasing cooked meals and food supplies or provide food items and parcels for distribution among hard-hit families and individuals in the challenging circumstances that left many unemployed and others with limited income.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) will oversee the campaign in collaboration with the Social Solidarity Fund Against Covid-19.
Sheikh Mohammed said, “The ’10 million meals’ campaign aims to reinforce social solidarity and cohesion in the UAE to enable us to emerge from the global crisis stronger. The public, private and humanitarian sectors are united today to empower our people to overcome the global crisis without leaving anyone behind.”
He reaffirmed that “Sheikha Hind’s compassion and humanitarian efforts make her a widely-admired and loved figure in our society. She will be the best to lead the humanitarian campaign during these challenging times”.
“Sheikha Hind will lead the noble cause of feeding the hungry throughout the Holy month of Ramadan in our nation, the nation of giving and peace.”
He noted, “Crises reveal the true values of people, entities and societies. The ongoing crisis has revealed our country’s authenticity and deeply-rooted spirit of giving.”
Extending her appreciation, Sheikha Hind said “Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s directives to launch the campaign reflects part of his long and ongoing inspirational humanitarian journey.”
She added, “The ’10 million meals’ campaign serves a noble cause that captures our society’s authenticity and humanity, especially in times of crisis.”
How to donate
Donations are open for any individual or entity interested in contributing to the ’10 million meals’ campaign through four different methods:
(1) Online donation: Purchase specific number of meals through the website www.10millionmeals.ae
(2) SMS donation
Send the word “Meal” by SMS (Etisalat & Du) to the UAE numbers listed below:
> Send the word “Meal” by SMS to: 1034 to donate one meal with a cost of Dh8.
> Send the word “Meal” by SMS to: 1035 to donate five meals with a cost of Dh40.
> Send the word “Meal” by SMS to: 1036 to donate 10 meals with a cost of Dh80.
> Send the word “Meal” by SMS to: 1037 to donate 20 meals with a cost of Dh160.
> Send the word “Meal” by SMS to: 1038 to donate 50 meals with a cost of Dh500.
(3) Bank transfer: Make a transfer to ’10 million meals’ campaign bank account at Dubai Islamic Bank with IBAN no : AE430240001580857000001
(4) In-kind donations: To donate food supplies and parcels or any other services, please contact the toll free number: 8004006
If you are willing to join this campaign and help the needy, kindly use above methods to donate part of your Zakat.