Carols raise money for treatment
A group of carol singers in Dubai are trying to raise funds for families struggling to pay for treatment for their children suffering from leukaemia and other illnesses.
The Jingles singing group perform carols in the homes and offices of friends and colleagues to raise funds for the families. The group is registered with the Red Crescent and is licensed by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
In 2014, the group raised Dhs333,000 for three young children who are suffering from leukaemia.
This year they want to help Pakistani child Emica Sarfaraz, aged two, and Moroccan Omar, four, who are suffering from the cancer, as well as oneyear-old Indian Mohammed Hamza, who has Uremic Syndrome (UHS).
The parents do not earn enough to continue paying for treatment for their children at Dubai Hospital.
Emica (above) was diagnosed with leukaemia in June. She has a 95 to 99 per cent chance of being cured if she completes the prescribed treatment, which costs Dhs100,000.
Emica’s father, Sarfaraz Masih, a 41-year-old accountant in Dubai, said: “What’s happened with my daughter By Sarwat Nasir is heartbreaking. I’m already in debt with a bank so that I could fund her treatment.
“I had brought my family on a visit visa to Dubai for a holiday but then Emica fell ill.
“I had to admit her here in a hospital in Dubai. Now, my other three children are not going to school because I don’t have the tuition money or enough to pay for Emica’s treatment. Our lives have turned upside down.
“Emica is a fighter. She’s such a good girl. She still plays and laughs. She likes playing with her toys.”
Hamza’s family needs Dhs60,000 per month to fund his treatment for UHS, a condition affecting the blood that can cause kidney failure.
Hamza’s father, Mohammed, has spent Dhs100,000 on his son’s treatment, a majority of which his insurance covered. However, the costs have now exceeded the insurance limit.
“My son needs a medicine called Eculizumab and just that treatment costs Dhs27,980,” Mohammed said.
The third child, Omar, is suffering from leukaemia and needs Dhs200,000 for his treatment.
STRONG BOND: Emica Sarfaraz with her family