Char­ity helps chil­dren in hos­pi­tal to read

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A UAE char­ity has raised hun­dreds of thou­sands dirhams to build chil­dren’s read­ing li­braries in six hos­pi­tals and clin­ics, writes Ma­hak Man­nan.

The char­ity Plan B has raised more than Dhs400,000 through char ity din­ners and hopes to have the read­ing rooms built later this year. The colour­ful li­braries are in­tended to en­ter­tain chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly those on longer hos­pi­tal stays, and help them for­get about their treat­ment. The ini­tia­tive, named Wanna Read?, was set up in 2013 by Sheikha Shamma bint Sul­tan bin Khal­ifa Al Nahyan. Harmeek Singh, Founder of Plan B and a mem­ber of the Wanna Read Ini­tia­tive, which relys on vol­un­teer work and do­na­tions, said: “The kids love com­ing to the read­ing rooms. “When kids are in the hos­pi­tal there is not much to do to keep busy.” Singh said the wider com­mu­nity can get in­volved. “Ev­ery­one can help by tak­ing sim­ple steps like do­nat­ing books, vol­un­teer­ing to read, help­ing us paint the read­ing rooms or just be a part of our many fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” he added. To do­nate books, visit

NEW CHAP­TER: Chil­dren at Sheikh Khal­ifa Med­i­cal City Hos­pi­tal take part in the Wanna Read? ini­tia­tive, funded by the Plan B char­ity in Abu Dhabi

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