Emirates Foundation, in partnership with Make a Wish Foundation UAE, has granted the wishes of children as part of the Joy of Eid initiative, supporting Abu Dhabi’s efforts to promote values of giving, generosity and solidarity among the community.

Emirates Foundation collaborated with Make-A-Wish Foundation to make wishes of seven children with chronic illness come true. The initiative was held at Adrenark Adventure in Al Qana, Abu Dhabi where families engaged in activities with their children.

The event was supported by 15 volunteers of Emirates Foundation’s Takatof programme, who provided on ground support to ensure families experienced a memorable occasion.

Mohanna Al Mheiri, Chief Operating Officer at Emirates Foundation, said: “This was an exciting day for the children who were guests of honour at the region’s largest indoor adventure park Adrenark Adventure, and it was heart-warming to see their reactions as they explored the spectacular park and engaged in various thrilling and entertaining activities. This initiative is part of the Emirates Foundation's ongoing efforts to maintain the well-being of individuals and contribute to social development.

“These are youngsters who have had to endure medical problems that no child should suffer, so to give them a day of pure joy is not just worthwhile, but also important for keeping their spirits high. I would also like to applaud Make-A-Wish Foundation and Adrenark Adventure for supporting us in brining smiles to the faces of children and making this wonderful initiative happen.”

Hani Al Zubaidi, Chief Executive Officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, said: “In these blessed days, we extend our thanks and appreciation to Emirates Foundation’s officials for their efforts involving our children who suffer from chronic diseases in the Joy of Eid, granting their wishes, bringing happiness and optimism to their hearts with their families.

“These initiatives are considered a light of hope for sick children, as they give them the opportunity to feel the joy of Eid with their family members and provide them with the courage and strength to fight the disease and continue the path of treatment, looking forward to recovery and returning to normal life.”

During Eid Al Fitr, Emirates Foundation targeted families in need and, together as a community, distributed over 5,000 pieces of clothing after ironing and perfuming them. The Joy of Eid initiative will now be an ongoing campaign that takes place twice a year in Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha with a goal of making a difference to a demographic group through different initiatives and collaborations.