Dubai: In yet another heartfelt act of giving, UAE-based civil society organisation Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) brought a smile on the faces of 50 cancer patients, survivors and their families in the UAE, by bringing to their doorsteps essential food kits to mark International Day of Charity, which is observed globally on September 5.
A gift of love
As part of its commitment to ease the financial as well as emotional burden of cancer patients, FOCP has made this thoughtful offering to them and their families in collaboration with UAE Food Bank, a non-profit organisation committed to distributing food to those in need. The UAE’s first food bank, a non-profit organisation, runs under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI).
This is the second FOCP–UAE Food Bank philanthropic venture this year after the latter supported FOCP’s ‘Ramadan Mir’ campaign with the distribution of essential nutrition kits to cancer patients across the nation.
Extending a helping hand
The International Day of Charity commemorates Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life and career to serving the poor and the destitute. Majed Ibrahim, executive beneficiary, Support Services, FOCP, said: “Charity enables meaningful social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive, socially-minded and resilient societies. Every act of giving, however big or small, can make a difference. Through its various philanthropic and community-focused initiatives, FOCP continues to strengthen its efforts to make the treatment journeys of cancer patients as bearable and comfortable as possible. With this initiative too, our objective was to put a smile on their faces and offer them hope, as positivity plays a crucial role in maintaining the will to recover.”
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Food key to cancer care among children
This latest FOCP initiative is inspired by the ‘Ana-nutrition’ drive, which was formulated under the ‘Ana’ childhood cancer awareness initiative to offer a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the pivotal role of healthy lifestyles and holistic nutrition in battling paediatric cancers. Through a range of workshops and activities, Ana-nutrition teaches children how to make delectable, healthy snacks while engaging with parents on the early signs and symptoms of childhood cancer and the importance of good nutrition.