|HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak hands over Oil Baron's Charity Ball's record breaking donation to Friends of Cancer Patients|
Abu Dhabi, 10 June 2013: In a spectacular show of solidarity and community spirit, representatives from the Oil Baron's Charity Ball - organised by DMG Events - presented a cheque for a record-breaking 1.1 million dirhams to the event's patron, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, which was handed over to the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) charitable society at His Highness' palace in Abu Dhabi.
The amount, which broke all of the ball's previous donation records to the charity, was raised during the glittering 10th annual Oil Baron's Charity Ball organised in March, and will be utilised by the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) charitable society for funding its various cancer-related initiatives; including supporting patients for costly cancer treatments both abroad and within the UAE.
On the occasion, HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak bin Nahyan, UAE Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development and Patron of the glamourous Oil Baron's Charity Ball fundraiser, commented I deeply acknowledge the growing support for the Friends of Cancer Patients and commitment to the noble cause which is proven by the increasing amount of funds that are being collected for the charity every year.
Speaking on the occasion, HE Ameera Binkaram President of the Board of Trustees and a founding member of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) charitable society said, The financial and emotional generosity shown by patrons and sponsors of the Oil Baron's Charity Ball every year in support of the Friends of Cancer Patients is overwhelming, and we deeply acknowledge their efforts their kindness allows us to bring hope to many lives. Hundreds of cancer patients across the country get an opportunity to live a healthy life. On behalf of FoCP, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those involved with this year's Oil Baron's Charity Ball; we are truly humbled by your generous support and encouragement. Your support has helped us come a long way. I would also like to thank Dubai Awqaf and the Red Crescent for helping FoCP for the past many years in easing the process of this marvellous fundraising effort.
As the only registered cancer-specific charity operating in the UAE, FoCP has helped more than 900 cancer patients and their families to date, by providing financial, moral, psychological and practical support while focusing on spreading awareness about cancers in the community.
The Oil Baron's Charity Ball has grown in size and stature over the past decade, and raised a headline-grabbing Dh997,000 for FoCP in 2011, more than double the amount raised the year before.
The Oil Baron's Charity Ball is one of the region's largest gala dinners, and one of the highlights of the UAE's social calendar as well as a leading oil and gas event in the Middle East. This year's ball saw the crowning of Jim Watson, owner and Managing Director of Certified Oilfield Rentals, as the Oil Baron of 2013. The Ball's 2013 celebration was glamorously titled The Glitter Ball'.
Caption: His Exellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan UAE Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, hands over an AED 1.1 million cheque to HE Ameera Binkaram President of the Board of Trustees and a founding member of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) charitable society. The amount was collected during the glittering Oil Baron's Charity Ball in March this year.
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