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Group treks Himalayas to help Delhi's slum children

06/06/2009 01:00 AM | Staff Report

Dubai: Nineteen people from the UAE, Oman and Kuwait completed a charity challenge in the Himalayas. The group consisted of people from varying backgrounds.

Participants from nine countries committed to helping needy children and communities, who live in the slum areas of New Delhi, took part in the hiking challenge which took place in the Himalayas.

They spent eight days and four nights trekking in the Himalayas. The trip ran from May 15 to 23.

The challenge was organised by Gulf For Good ( as part of its yearly programme. Gulf For Good is a Dubai-based charity, founded in 2001 under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of the Emirates Group.

It aims to bring together Gulf nationals and residents from all backgrounds to push their own limits while raising funds for worthwhile projects.

The organisation aims to show people the value of motivation, commitment and helping others. It also aims to prove that one can enjoy themselves while aiding the needy.

Funds from the charity challenge will be channelled to the Smile Foundation (, a national development agency working for the holistic development of children (education, health, girl empowerment, livelihood) whose head office is based in New Delhi, India.

Funds raised by all participants are donated through this foundation which caters for marginalised children from slums in and around the Dhaula Kuan area in New Delhi.

The fund will be used to renovate an education and vocational skills centre that caters for close to 100 under-privileged children.

It will also provide a second mobile hospital 'Smile on Wheels', in addition to the one covering one or two villages or slums in a day. It is operational for at least 24 days every month.

- For a diary of the charity challenge, log on to

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