Warm re­cep­tion for char­ity ini­tia­tive

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An ini­tia­tive to pro­vide fridges across Dubai for peo­ple to leave food for work­ers dur­ing Ra­madan has be­come such a suc­cess that it will be kept on all year round.

The con­cept of a shar­ing fridge has been around for quite some time, said Aus­tralian ex­pat Su­mayyah Sayed, 29, who started the ini­tia­tive by set­ting up a fridge out­side her villa in the Mead­ows last week. The project now has 40 fridges across Dubai.

“It is a sim­ple con­cept. The fridge is open for res­i­dents to come and drop food items for work­ers who work out­doors to come and re­fresh them­selves with the items inside,” she said.

Af­ter Sayed asked fam­ily and friends to drop food items into the fridge, the word spread and the Face­book group Ra­madan/Shar­ing Fridges in the UAE now has more than 8,000 mem­bers work­ing to­gether to set up new fridges. By Ma­hak Man­nan

“Mid­day and 4pm are the peak hours when we see a lot of work­ers come to grab their favourite snacks,” said Sayed, who con­firmed that the suc­cess­ful project will con­tinue through­out the year.

COM­MU­NITY CONTRIBUTIONS

Bel­gian-Moroc­can ex­pat Na­dia Sarie, 43, an or­gan­iser and con­trib­u­tor, said some fridges need to be filled up to eight times a day.

“When a fridge gets empty, the fridge man­agers post on the group and within an hour, it is stacked up again and one fridge serves up to 180 work­ers per day,” she said.

“It is fan­tas­tic how the whole com­mu­nity is try­ing to con­trib­ute in their own way.

“One has vol­un­tar­ily cre­ated a map on Google Maps with lo­ca­tion pins of the fridges, an­other is print­ing fly­ers and hand­ing them out in dif­fer­ent lan­guages to work­ers with the lo­ca­tion de­tails.

“It is not the ef­fort of a sin­gle per­son, ev­ery­one is con­tribut­ing.

“Twenty ladies in Mirdiff put in Dhs15 each to fa­cil­i­tate the trans­port of one of the fridges there.

“Peo­ple are buy­ing fridges, do­nat­ing ex­tra ones at home or ones they are dis­card­ing.”

NOTE OF THANKS

French ex­pat Sophie De­s­places, 41, who is a qual­ity au­di­tor, set up a shar­ing fridge out­side her villa in The Springs and was over­joyed when one of the work­ers left her a thank you note.

“The first fridge by Su­mayyah was in The Mead­ows which would be far for my gar­dener and work­ers to go to, so I de­cided to get a fridge off Du­biz­zle and set it up out­side my house,” she said. “Work­ers come reg­u­larly and peo­ple are drop­ping food around 10 times a day in my fridge and one worker also left a thank you note.”

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