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The fea­ture ‘Styled for a spe­cial cause’ (July 11) about de­signer Lamya Abe­din who is help­ing spe­cial needs chil­dren by cre­at­ing a fash­ion range to raise funds, was truly in­spir­ing.

In this world where people chase fame and riches, Lamya’s in­ten­tion of rais­ing money and aware­ness for chil­dren with spe­cial needs is truly praise­wor­thy.

I must also thank Al Noor for its con­stant sup­port and guid­ance for these chil­dren, who would have been kept hid­den from the out­side world with­out know­ing their abil­i­ties.

Thanks to Lamya, now I’m also in­ter­ested in aiding spe­cial needs chil­dren. Her story has mo­ti­vated me to do some­thing for them. I hope Lamya and Al Noor are suc­cess­ful in their mis­sion and I wish Lamya and those chil­dren good luck in life. PREETHI BALA, STU­DENT, OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, DUBAI

Lamya is an in­cred­i­ble woman high­light­ing the need to help people who re­ally are spe­cial. If you’d like to add your sup­port visit http://al­noor­sp­needs.ae/ Karen, Edi­tor

Ilove Fri­day and I have read ev­ery is­sue since we sub­scribed to Gulf News sev­eral years ago.

While all the ar­ti­cles pub­lished in the July 11 is­sue were in­ter­est­ing, a few of them stood out for be­ing so heart-touch­ing. The ar­ti­cle ‘Styled for a spe­cial cause’ was one. It was truly amaz­ing.

In the same is­sue, there was a health fea­ture ‘I’ve had MS my whole life but didn’t know it’. I think this ar­ti­cle shows us that never mind what prob­lems we have, what is im­por­tant is that we live life to the fullest. I hope they find a cure for that dis­ease, which causes vi­sion prob­lems and fa­tigue, among oth­ers.

Please keep pub­lish­ing more such sto­ries so we’ll be re­minded to be grate­ful for the luxuries in our lives. AYE­SHA MO­HAM­MAD, STU­DENT, ABU DHABI IN­DIAN SCHOOL

We’re glad you like Fri­day so much Aye­sha, and are grate­ful so many people let us tell their story to in­spire us and make us grate­ful for what we have.

Mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in a per­son’s life and bring­ing a smile to a face are things that we should all strive to do. Deep from my heart I want to ap­pre­ci­ate the work of pho­to­jour­nal­ist Ramzi Haidar (‘Pic­tures of progress’, July 4) who is help­ing chil­dren in trou­bled ar­eas by teach­ing them how to use a cam­era.

Pho­tog­ra­phy is a great way of de­vel­op­ing un­der­stand­ing and com­pas­sion and bring­ing a smile to the faces of chil­dren in camps, and for women who have been jailed for small crimes.

My fam­ily and a few rel­a­tives are do­ing our bit by try­ing to help un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in Hy­der­abad, In­dia. Car­ing for them is a truly heart­warm­ing feel­ing.


Well done for giv­ing back Syed – it’s great to hear you’re en­joy­ing help­ing oth­ers who need it.

When I read the ar­ti­cle about Lily Tur­ley who do­nated her son’s or­gans so they could help save the lives of five people (‘I lost my son but gained a daugh­ter’, July 4), the first thing that came to mind was the Eye Do­na­tion card I’d seen in my mother’s purse a cou­ple of years ago. It said that the Eye In­sti­tute must be told at the time of death so ar­range­ments could be made to pre­serve the eyes of the de­ceased.

I was ag­o­nis­ing about how one could even think of ar­rang­ing to pre­serve the eyes of one’s mother. Would it not be cruel, I won­dered.

At the time I said to my­self I would not tell or let any­one in­form the eye in­sti­tute. But af­ter read­ing Lily’s story, I felt it would be cruel to deny a blind per­son the chance of eye­sight.

If Lily, who was reel­ing from the trauma, could take a de­ci­sion to do­nate her son’s or­gans so that other people would ben­e­fit, I felt I, too, could do the same and save at least one per­son’s eye­sight.

I’ve also signed up to do­nate my eyes and am now go­ing to en­cour­age oth­ers to do so. NITHILA ADLIN THANGARAJ, GRADE 10 STU­DENT, DUBAI

What a self­less act, Nithila; Lily would be so happy to hear that you made that choice af­ter read­ing her story. Her son’s death helped oth­ers and is still con­tin­u­ing to ben­e­fit those who are in des­per­ate need.

Iwas de­lighted to read about Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton and her lat­est book Hard Choices (‘So, Hil­lary, is Amer­ica ready for a 69-year-old fe­male pres­i­dent?’ July 11).

Be­ing an avid ad­mirer of this woman of sub­stance, I am sure she might one day be­come the Pres­i­dent of Amer­ica. I grew up read­ing about her hu­man­i­tar­ian ini­tia­tives. I have also read a lot about how she han­dled the tough times in her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life and am sure that if she is elected as pres­i­dent, she will be able to make a huge dif­fer­ence not only to US, but also to the rest of the world.


She is a for­mi­da­ble lady, Sucharitra, and could be the first grand­mother in the White House. Watch this space!

Sport­sOne busi­ness head Shivam Goyal’s ‘10 rules for suc­cess’ (July 11) made for an en­gag­ing read. Whether in our per­sonal or pro­fes­sional life, we of­ten walk a fine line be­tween suc­cess and fail­ure.

Al­though the def­i­ni­tion of suc­cess varies from per­son to per­son, suc­cess, I be­lieve, comes to those who pa­tiently per­se­vere, toil, set goals, con­nect the dots and do not get dis­heart­ened by fail­ure. Suc­cess is not al­ways about luck. A lot of blood, sweat and tears are piv­otal in scal­ing the great heights of suc­cess.

You’re so right, Jayashree, and we can all learn a lot from Shivam’s rules.

Iread an ar­ti­cle in Fri­day ‘I lost 26kg in 5 months with­out go­ing to a gym’ (July 11) and it be­came a great source of in­spi­ra­tion for me. I too am over­weight at 102kg and al­though I’ve tried sev­eral slim­ming tech­niques, go­ing to the gym, ex­er­cises rou­tines and fol­low­ing dif­fer­ent types of di­ets, I was not able to lose much weight.

How­ever, when I read the ar­ti­cle about Dim­ple los­ing weight I was in­spired to try to lose weight once again and I have started ex­er­cis­ing and con­trol­ling my diet. The ar­ti­cle has been hugely mo­ti­vat­ing.

Noth­ing short of a big thank you to Fri­day for pub­lish­ing such ar­ti­cles that can help make a per­son change for the bet­ter. MO­HAMMED IQBAL BALSARI, DUBAI, VIA EMAIL

We’re so glad that Dim­ple in­spired you. She’s proof that you don’t have to sign up for ex­pen­sive gyms to lose weight.


In the fea­ture ‘Styled for a cause’, there was a fac­tual in­ac­cu­racy: Ab­dul­lah is 18 and not 14, as printed.

xx Lamya’s story touched your hearts

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Lamya Abe­din, de­sign­ing for a cause

Many read­ers found Shivam Goyal’s se­crets to suc­cess an en­gag­ing read

Hi­lary is the right per­son for US pres­i­dent, says a reader

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