Photo: The World’s Largest Collection of Pulses was organised by the Emirates Red Crescent, in partnership with the UAE-based South Indian radio channel Tamil 89.4 FM and Venkat Krishnamoorthy, and saw over 1,000 people from across the UAE collect 22,172 kg of pulses and lentils for refugee support.
In line with the UAE’s Year of Giving initiative, about 80 volunteers, including 50 students, devoted one full day (9am to 6pm) from their weekend (Friday) to collect, pack, sort and load the pulses and legumes to be distributed by the Emirates Red Crescent to people trapped in conflict zones such as Syria, Yemen, Somalia and other countries hit by natural disasters.
The collected pulses included (all dry) legumes, peanuts, lentils, peas, beans and soybeans (500g, 1kg or 5kg). All the proceeds were handed over to the Emirates Red Crescent in Dubai for further distribution to the needy across the world.
“Numbers are not important, but it is the participation of so many people, especially students, that was touching. Be it one kg or 1,000kg, what matters is the spirit of joyful giving that brought people of all age groups and nationalities together for a noble cause,” said philanthropist Venkat Krishnamoorthy, who was one of the organisers of the event, The Khaleej Times reports.
The massive one-day charity drive was organised by the Emirates Red Crescent, in partnership with the UAE-based South Indian radio channel Tamil 89.4 FM and Venkat Krishnamoorthy.
The initiative originally planned to collect 10,000 kg of pulses, but ended up with amassing over 22,000kg with an overwhelming response from corporates, students and individuals who learnt about the drive through the radio channel, social and print media.