Rubble and damages following an earthquake in Gaziantep, Turkey. The death toll from the quake has topped 41,000 as of Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Image Credit: Reuters


  • Jawaher Al Qasimi directs launch of fundraiser campaign to support earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.
  • Move is a joint action by The Big Heart Foundation and Sharjah Charity International in collaboration with Sharjah Broadcasting Authority.
  • Donations can be made on Sharjah Broadcasting Authority Channels special live programme, Friday, Feb 17, 2023

Sharjah: Under the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), TBHF and the Sharjah Charity International (SCI) in collaboration with the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA) have announced joining UAE’s ‘Bridges of Goodness’ national initiative that was launched to offer relief to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, unveiling a joint telethon with the SCI and SBA.

In a tweet, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi stressed: “The disaster that hit people of Syria and Turkey is intense and they need a humanitarian stand and an honest reaction, while the world is offering urgent and emergency relief, we call on you to stand by them and think about their future.”

In a second tweet, Her Highness urged individuals, entities, and civil society organizations from around the world to take part in the campaign: “We call on philanthropists in our community and beyond to join us and donate to the fundraiser campaign, which will be broadcasted on all Sharjah Broadcasting Authority’s TV channels and platforms this Friday, to support people of Syria and Turkey and contribute to securing their future.”

Special live fund-raiser

The campaign organizers called on donors to support the brothers and sisters affected by the devastation wrought by the earthquake through the special live fundraiser on SBA channels and social media platforms on Friday, February 17, at 2:00pm.

How to donate

Donors in the UAE and around the world can make their contributions by calling +971505350152 or 80014, or via TBHF’s official website: www.tbhf.ae or Sharjah Charity International website: https://shjc.sharjah.ae. Donors may also visit the foundation’s or charity’s main offices to donate.

How funds will be used

The funds will be allocated to providing immediate relief assistance as well as supporting sustainable development projects, including housing, healthcare services and education, and speed up recovery from this natural disaster in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and reliable humanitarian and charity organisations that operate locally in  Turkey and Syria.