Help a good cause with the best community events for November 17-23
Picture auction for Maria Cristina Foundation More Café is hosting an auction of photos in support of the Maria Cristina Foundation, which aims to raise funds to support 10 men living in the slums of Bangladesh, helping them to build better futures for their children. The café has exhibited a series of portraits depicting life in Dhaka by Christelle Gateff since June, all of which will be up for auction. Free. From 7pm. More Café, Gold and Diamond Park, www.mariacristinafoundation.org (04 323 4350).
Oil Barons Charity Ball This black-tie ball, a networking event for the local energy industry, raises money for local charity Friends of Cancer Patients. The evening includes a sit-down dinner, live music and a prize for the best-dressed lady. Corporate tickets from Dhs11,000; individual tickets Dhs4,700 (includes dinner and drinks). 7pm. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.theoilbaronscharityball.com (04 391 0835).
Dine out for Somalia with Dubai Cares Dubai Cares’ latest fundraising campaign, aimed at providing children in southern Somalia with food and nutrition, concludes on November 20. A number of local restaurants are giving customers the chance to make a donation of Dhs10 or more with their bill. See the website for a list of participating restaurants. Until November 20. www.dubaicares.ae (no number).
Pack It Right Workshop This community workshop aims to highlight the risks of improper food handling, demonstrate how to properly package and store leftover food at home and avoid contamination, all in a fun, educational way. Free. 11am-12.30pm. Kidville, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 440 1220).
Riding for the Disabled Riding classes for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities have now launched. You can lend a hand by leading horses and offering support to riders. No previous experience is necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment. Those interested in volunteering should get in touch via the contact details below. Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 716 3779).
Buy Al Noor greetings cards These charity greetings cards have been designed by special-needs students at Al Noor. To buy or see a catalogue, contact email@example.com or call the number below. From Dhs3.50. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).
Give your old clothes to Aid in Motion The group collects and distributes second-hand clothing to those in need around the emirates. For more information, visit the Aid in Motion Facebook page. www.volunteerindubai.com (06 503 4535).
Donate your unwanted items to TakeMyJunk TakeMyJunk collects unwanted household items, from furniture to clothing. Proceeds from the sales are used to provide meals, medical care and basic help for labourers and needy individuals across the UAE. Pick-up available. Drop-off point: Pastels Hair Salon, 873 Al Wasl Road, www.takemyjunkuae.com (050 179 4045).
Dubai British School’s ‘Festive Frolics’ The annual event returns on Friday November 24, and will feature a Santa’s grotto, raffle, activities for kids and lots of arts and crafts gift stalls, plus refreshments for all. Funds raised will be shared by the school and its nominated charity sponsoring children in Nepal. Free. 1.30pm-4.30pm. Dubai British School, Springs 3, Emirates Hills, www.dubaibritishschool.ae (04 361 9361).
JESS Night Market This school’s festive market has developed a reputation as being one of the best school fête and craft fairs in the run-up to Christmas. Taking place on November 25, it’s a family afternoon out and the money raised is spread across a variety of causes. Think of it as Christmas shopping with a conscience. Free. 3.30pm-8.30pm. JESS, Jumeirah, near Safa Park (04 361 9019).