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Art exhibition to help special needs children

July 10, 2014

20 paintings by Abu Dhabi'sSpecial Care Centre depict scenes of Emirati culture and traditions, from mosques to camel caravans in the desert.

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is hosting a charity art exhibition to help out Abu Dhabi'sSpecial Care Centre (SCC).

The 20 paintings by SCC students depict scenes of Emirati culture and traditions, from mosques to camel caravans in the desert. They are on display in front of the Giornotte Iftar majlis for maximum impact.

Valeria Mertsalova, senior public relations manager at Ritz-Carlton, said the hotel is inviting its guests and residents to take part in a silent auction for the paintings. The money raised will help SCC build a new facility for special needs children.

Established in 1989, SCC is a non-profit school for children with special needs, providing educational and therapeutic services. Currently operating from a modest residential villa, it has 63 students.

However, there are more than 140 students on the waiting list and to meet the services needed in the community, a new facility has been planned in Bahia, on the outskirts of the Capital, big enough to accommodate 420 students with mild to severe disabilities.

The new school and clinic, complete with indoor and outdoor sport and recreational facilities as well as community areas, is estimated to cost Dh25 million. SCC is trying to raise it through charity and community programmes. To help out, in 2008, the "Donate a Brick" campaign was launched under the patronage of Shaikha Shamma Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The concept was to sell a brick for Dh5, aiming to reach five million bricks.

To encourage community participation, General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has pledged to match dirham for dirham for the money raised.

So far, SCC has accumulated Dh13 million. The Ritz Carlton exhibition will end after the Eid Al Fitr holidays.

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Source: Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)

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