UAE Fuels Billion Meals Programme

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Abu Dhabi Police gathered AED111 million at the second in-person Most Noble Numbers charity auction for special vehicle plate numbers and mobile numbers and the two-day 555 online charity auction, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

The 1 Billion Meals initiative, the region’s largest food donation drive of its kind, has collected 420 million meals to date, just three weeks following its launch by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Organised by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the initiative provides food support to the underprivileged and the undernourished in 50 countries around the world.

The 1 Billion Meals campaign builds on the success of the 100 Million Meals campaign, which ran during Ramadan last year and exceeded all its targets to collect 220 million meals and distribute them around the world. The 1 Billion Meals campaign will now target a new milestone in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, especially among vulnerable groups of children, refugees, displaced persons and victims of disasters and crises. The target of 1 Billion Meals initiative aims to collect an additional 780 million meals and distribute them to 50 countries around the world.

Mohammad Al Gergawi

Mohammad Al Gergawi, Secretary-General of MBRGI, confirmed that the 1 Billion Meals initiative has collected AED200 million in donations, equivalent to 200 million meals, from 232,000 donors to date. In addition to the 220 million meals that were collected and distributed last year, this brings the total amount to 420 million meals.

He highlighted that the initiative has also begun distribution operations in several countries, including Nigeria, Sudan, Albania, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, India, and Kosovo.

Al Gergawi said, “The influx of donations reflects the comprehensive nature of the initiative that aims to provide food aid as it is a basic human need. It is also a unique response to the call of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”

He confirmed that the launch of the initiative with the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan, which marks a season of good deeds and giving, transformed the donation drive into a social movement. Extending from the UAE to feed the hungry in 50 countries across the globe, it contributes to the battle of more than 800 million people against hunger.

Al Gergawi praised the spirit of human solidarity and the high sense of responsibility shown by the UAE community towards the underprivileged and undernourished, who look to their fellow brothers in humanity to provide a safety net that protects them from the repercussions of food insecurity.

He stressed that the charity auctions gave the 1 Billion Meals initiative a special push and provided a creative way to expand the scope of humanitarian work. He praised the new innovative initiatives that have been developed to support the 1 Billion Meals initiative, playing a key role in accelerating the achievement of the target of one billion meals, which reached the equivalent of 420 million meals to date.

Al Gergawi expressed his confidence in the UAE community of public and private sector organisations, individuals, and philanthropists, to continue actively contributing to the largest food donation drive of its kind in the region until it reaches its ultimate goal of providing one billion meals to millions of individuals and families around the world.

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He said, “Today, donors to the 1 Billion Meals initiative are feeding the hungry, embodying the values of the Holy Month of Ramadan. They are also contributing to achieving the second goal of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – zero hunger. Lastly, they are renewing faith in humanity by sending, as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum put it – one billion humanitarian messages from the UAE to the world.”

Dh111 million from largest auction

Abu Dhabi Police gathered AED111 million at the second in-person Most Noble Numbers charity auction for special vehicle plate numbers and mobile numbers and the two-day 555 online charity auction. The proceeds from the charity auction series will go towards the 1 Billion Meals initiative.

During the in-person Most Noble Numbers charity auction that took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, the single-digit vehicle plate number 2 with code 2 was sold for AED23.3 million, while the remaining three double-digit vehicle plate numbers – 11 with code 2, 20 with code 2, and 99 with code 1 – collected AED5 million, AED4.25 million, and AED5 million, respectively. In addition, the three-digit vehicle plate number 999 with code 2 sold for AED1.7 million.

Furthermore, Etisalat’s Diamond mobile numbers collectively sold for a total of AED419,000. Specifically, 547444444 sold for AED160,000, 542244444 for AED55,000, 542422222 for AED52,000, 547799999 for AED52,000, and 567777722 for AED100,000.