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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.
SYED EMADUDDIN, DUBAI
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.
SUCHARITRA LINDUS, VIA EMAIL
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.
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