UOWD donates Book Sale proceeds to Dubai Centre for Special Needs

Published November 12th, 2009 - 11:41 GMT
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) presented a cheque of Dh. 6,825 to the Dubai Centre for Special Needs. The amount was raised through a Book Sale organised by the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Student Services Department recently.
The cheque was handed over by a UOWD team, led by Raymi van der Spek, Vice President (Administration) to Dr. Mashid Salehi, Director of Dubai Centre for Special Needs, during a general assembly at which the Centre’s students greeted the guests with a song. The team later was taken on a tour of the premises.
The Centre, which has over 130 special needs students, will utilise the amount to buy new physiotherapy equipment.
“UOWD believes that our students should always spare a thought for the less fortunate people around us. As Dubai Centre for Special Needs is a pioneering institution rendering commendable services to children with special needs, we singled it out for this small donation,” said Raymi van der Spek. “We will encourage out students to continue such humanitarian activities.”
“We greatly appreciate this fund-raising initiative of UOWD,”’ said Najeeb Patel, PR Coordinator, Dubai Centre for Special Needs. “This donation will enable us to fully develop valuable resources needed within the physiotherapy department. We hope this will be the start of a long-term relationship between us and UOWD, and reach a stage where students could come to our centre and involve themselves in social care as volunteers.”
The items for sale at the Book Sale included fiction, non-fiction, knick-knacks, sun-glasses and discontinued textbooks. All the items were generously donated by students and staff. The SRC also held a bake sale of cakes and cookies, home made by the students and staff.
Bridget Clifford, Manager Student Services, said, ‘The outcome of the book sale far exceeded our expectations. The event was really only possible due to the generous donations and the generous purchases of students and staff alike.”
The Dubai Center for Special Needs is an established, non-profitable institution that provides the highest standards of service in specialized education and therapy for children with disabilities.

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