WE HONOUR OUR HEROES
From giving up most of their SALARIES to running MARATHONS, building SCHOOLS and offering help to ANYONE who needs it, these UNSUNG saviours are EXTRAORDINARY because they’re ordinary
They’ve built schools from scratch in the remotest of places, taught children in slums and given away the majority of their time and meagre salaries to offer some of the world’s poorest children an education. They’ve organised fundraisers, climbed mountains and run marathons to raise money for bricks, books and bills. Who are these selfless saviours? Incredibly, they are not giant corporations or global charities – though, of course, there are plenty that help those in need. No, these unsung heroes live among us. They are mums, watchmen, teenagers, students and businessmen and women.
They are extraordinary because they are ordinary. These men, women, groups and children living in the UAE devote everything they have – spare time, money and energy – to make a difference to hundreds of thousands all over the world. They’re there in the background educating children, giving advice and shelter to victims of crime, the disabled, the poor, the homeless – anyone who needs it.
Most importantly, they give us all hope and the needy a shot at a better life and future. They inspire us all, and ask nothing in return.
Now, Friday wants to honour these amazing people in our first Making A Difference Awards. In a glittering ceremony, we will be naming the people who’ve changed others’ lives. They’ve given so much, it’s time they were recognised for their philanthropic deeds. They’re an inspiration to us every week, and we hope they’ll inspire you too. Turn to
page 38 to read the first of our shortlists’ stories. We’re sure you’ll agree they’re all our heroes.
Until next week,