Community events in Dubai

Volunteer for K9 friends or become a 'Wish Maker'

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Thursday 12

Community drumming
Head down to Marina Mall every Thursday to take part in family community drum circles and fire dancing. All ages and abilities are welcome to join, and drums are provided.
Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).

Make 2012 Your Best Year Yet
This workshop provides an opportunity to reflect on past success and generate energy for future ones. It aims to help you discover what you haven’t acheived yet and why, and look at how to acheive your goals in 2012 and attract success.
Free. 6pm-10pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/make-2012-your-best-year-yet

Friday 13

Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls
Got a pair of kicks you no longer use that are still in good condition? Established by long-distance runner Tori Leckie, Soles for Soles is taking donations of trainers and passing them on to the UAE’s labourers. Just make sure they’re clean.
Ongoing. Drop-off point: Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun for more information (050 457 6873).

Saturday 14

Give your old clothes to Aid in
Motion The organisation collects and distributes second-hand clothing to those in need throughout the region.
For more information, visit the Aid in Motion Facebook page. Ongoing. www.volunteerindubai.com (06 503 4535).

Become a ‘Wish Maker’
Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation, dedicate the personal and financial resources to fulfill a child’s wish and turn their dream into reality.
Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City (04 368 0217).

Sunday 15

Volunteer your time for K9 Friends
This dog-rescue organisation is currently looking for a volunteer to take on the role of retail merchandise supplier, which will involve delivering K9 Friends merchandise to a number of retail locations around the city. Free. Ongoing. To apply for the position, email info@k9friends.com. Jebel Ali Industrial Area (04 885 8031).

Foster a cat and help out Feline Friends
Cat-rescue organisation Feline Friends is looking for volunteers to foster cats and kittens, even if only for short periods at a time, to enable it to help more abandoned pets or strays. There are also opportunities to help out by running stalls at regular book sales and in the call centre.
Free. Ongoing. To volunteer to foster a cat, email newvolunteers@felinefriendsdubai.com (no number).

Monday 16

African djembe and Arabic tabla classes
Drop in to these popular community drumming classes and learn to play the African djembe drum, which the organisers claim is a great way to de-stress. Alternatively, participants can also learn to play the tabla. Djembe Dhs50 per session, Tabla Dhs60 per session, drums provided. Djembe beginners 7.20pm-8.20pm, regulars 7.40pm-8.40pm, Tabla 8.45pm-9.45pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (056 744 2129).

Tuesday 17

Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients
This local charity raises money, organises awareness campaigns and supports people battling cancer, as well as their families. The group is always on the lookout for volunteers to help out at events and run errands. Free. Ongoing. Email info@focp.ae to enquire about volunteering opportunities. Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).

Wednesday 18

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 help for needy individuals across the UAE. Pick-up service is available. Ongoing. Drop-off point: Pastels Hair Salon, 873 Al Wasl Road, www.takemyjunkuae.com (050 179 4045).

Riding for the Disabled
Lend a hand at riding classes for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities by leading horses and offering support to riders. No previous experience is necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment. Get in touch via the details below.
Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, rdadinstructors@live.com (050 716 3779).

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