During the meeting, Al Gurg honoured Varkey for fulfilling his commitment of donating AED100 million, which he pledged to provide Dubai Cares in 2007 … reports Asian Lite News.
Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, honoured donor Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education and Founder of the Varkey Foundation.
During the meeting, Al Gurg honoured Varkey for fulfilling his commitment of donating AED100 million, which he pledged to provide Dubai Cares in 2007. The donation was delivered over a period of ten years in support of the global philanthropic organisation’s efforts toward securing children’s rights to receive an education.
The high-profile meeting also presented a strategic opportunity for both parties to discuss the impact of their long-lasting partnership on the lives of children, their families and their communities, as well as share their outlook for the philanthropic sector and the challenges that lie ahead. During the meeting, Al Gurg highlighted Dubai Cares’ recent endeavours aimed at ensuring universal quality education, as well as the organisation’s efforts to advocate for quality education to become a primary focus on the agendas of local and national governments worldwide.
Commenting on the visit, Al Gurg said, “Our partnership with Varkey has had many layers, much beyond the AED100-million commitment made in 2007, which has allowed us to reach out to millions of children around the world. His long-standing loyalty towards the UAE and his belief in His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s vision behind the establishment of Dubai Cares, inspired him to become a key supporter of the organisation.”
“We have a long and close partnership with Dubai Cares and fully support the work carried out by the organisation, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in 2007. We are honoured to be involved in their projects. Dubai Cares’ vision of supporting children in developing countries is closely aligned with our vision to provide quality education to all. For many children around the world are denied this basic human right, and I am proud that many schools across the GEMS Education network actively take part in charity events throughout the year that support Dubai Cares’ educational initiatives,” Varkey said.
Sunny Varkey was among the first private sector donors to contribute to Dubai Cares, and his pledge comes as part of his commitment to making a difference to the lives of children in developing countries.