Ghi­ras hon­ors ABK for sup­port­ing anti-drug aware­ness cam­paign

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) has been hon­ored for its sup­port of the lat­est anti-drug ini­tia­tive from Kuwait’s Na­tional Aware­ness Project Against Drugs (Ghi­ras). The cam­paign, called “My Draw­ing.. My Pre­ven­tion”, was run in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Men­tor In­ter­na­tional. In recog­ni­tion of its in­volve­ment, the Bank re­ceived an ap­pre­ci­a­tion tro­phy at a spe­cial cer­e­mony or­ga­nized by ‘Ghi­ras’ held at the Na­tional Li­brary of Kuwait, on 22 Oc­to­ber 2016.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Her Majesty the Queen of Swe­den in her role as Chair­man of Men­tor In­ter­na­tional, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and the Min­istry for Youth Af­fairs, and His High­ness prince Turki Bin Talal Bin Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud. ABK was rep­re­sented by Fawzy Al-Thu­nayan, Gen­eral Man­ager, Board Af­fairs.

Com­ment­ing af­ter the cer­e­mony, Thu­nayan em­pha­sized ABK’s con­tin­ued en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port for this ini­tia­tive and the Bank’s broader com­mit­ment to con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of youth. Re­cent sup­port from ABK has in­cluded the pro­vi­sion of train­ing cour­ses and job op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well pro­grams to en­cour­age young peo­ple to achieve their po­ten­tial and cre­ate a bright and suc­cess­ful fu­ture for them­selves.

The ‘My Draw­ing.. My Pre­ven­tion’ pro­gram was de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Men­tor In­ter­na­tional un­der the pa­tron­age of His Ex­cel­lency the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion. The cam­paign was aimed at school stu­dents aged 9-15 and was in­tro­duced across all govern­ment schools in Kuwait to en­sure max­i­mum reach and im­pact. It was pre­sented in the form of a com­pe­ti­tion, and was de­signed to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of drugs amongst chil­dren be­fore they come across them in real life. More im­por­tantly, the cam­paign also fo­cused on en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to in­vest in some­thing pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive, such as art.

Stu­dents were given a two- week time frame to fi­nal­ize and present an art cre­ation which re­lated to dan­gers of drugs. Over this pe­riod a team from Ghi­ras toured the schools and spoke to stu­dents about the dan­gers of drug mis­use, while en­thus­ing and en­cour­ag­ing their cre­ativ­ity in the com­pe­ti­tion. Af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion fin­ished a Ghi­ras judg­ing panel se­lected one hun­dred and twenty creations for awards. For more in­for­ma­tion about ABK please visit or con­tact a cus­tomer ser­vice agent via ‘Ah­lan Ahli’ at 1899899.

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