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Charity work in Dubai

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Event organising

Date: November 14
Venue: Burj Al Arab
Charity: Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is all about helping out developing countries in a crisis. It provides healthcare, rehabilitation and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centres for malnourished children, and offers mental healthcare.
What: It’s time for the annual 1km Swim Around the Burj and more than 500 people are expected to make a splash in the name of charity. To make this event a success, MSF needs 50 volunteers to help run the event smoothly: organising participants, co-ordinating registration, providing swimmers with their numbers, manning a table for the sponsors and handing out giveaways. On top of the family fun and live music, volunteers get a T-shirt, brunch and a discounted day at Wild Wadi.
Contact: Kourtnie Schaefer on 04 345 8177 or email info-msfuae@msf.org or go to www.msfuae.org.

Behind the scenes

Date: From December 4
Venue: International Humanitarian City
Charity: START is a programme that links child development with arts education. Launched in March 2007 by Al Madad Foundation and Art Dubai, it helps culturally deprived children throughout the Middle East to enjoy art, and encourages artists to become volunteers in the field of humanitarian education.
What: START does not have a permanent teaching team, instead they ask for artists and arts professionals to volunteer. If you have ever wanted to use your skills to fundraise, set-up a workshop or champion an international aid programme, then jump on board. Currently the charity needs a pro-bono graphic designer to design a book, which is currently being edited by START. They are also looking for enthusiastic team members to help with day-to-day operation.
Contact: Go to www.startworld.org or call 04 368 1128 or email your CV and a personal statement to startadmin@gmail.com

In the field

Date: From November 13
Venue: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Charity: The Dhaka Project aims to bring income to some of Bangladesh’s poorest people. The emphasis is on supporting sustainable development, particularly with children. Maria Conceicao, the founding member scoped the project out in April 2005 and since then she has been joined by a dedicated team and volunteers from across the globe. The Dhaka Project has been growing at a phenomenal rate over the past six months and now needs people in place to continue its work, hence the call for help.
What: The Dhaka Project is looking for volunteer nurses and teachers to spend two entire months in the field in Dhaka, and help set up educational programmes and a medical centre for the slums. Ideally, the candidates for one of these two missions should be ready and able to commit the timeframe as outlined.
Contact: Go to www.thedhakaproject.org or childrendhakao@yahoo.com

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