Aster Volunteers reaffirms continued support for people with determination with the launch of Al Amal 2.0

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  • In alignment with UAE’s Year of Zayed, the initiative was held in collaboration with the Dubai Club for People of Determination and Special Needs Future Development Centre, Dubai
  • For the second year running, the event brought together over 300 participants who took part in interactive wellness sessions and availed of free health checkups provided by Aster Volunteers
  • The event also featured a special art exhibition, with exhibited items up for sale with the proceeds going to the Dubai Club for People of Determination and Special Needs Future Development Centre, Dubai

Aster Volunteers, the global corporate social responsibility programme of Aster DM Healthcare, in collaboration with the Dubai Club for People of Determination and the Special Needs Development Centre, Dubai, recently held the Al Amal 2.0 (The Hope) initiative. The event marks Aster DM healthcare’s underlying global commitment and support towards the People of Determination in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is also in line with the government’s efforts to empower the People of Determination by urging an integrated community role. Currently, the organisation has 71 differently abled individuals employed at their units across India and GCC.

During the event, more than 300 people of determination from Dubai Club for People of Determination and Special Needs Development Centre along with their families joined hands with more than 100 medical and non-medical volunteers, including employees from various divisions of Aster DM Healthcare, to organize and participate in interactive health and wellness activities. These people of determination were also coached by professional artistic volunteers in painting, photography and pottery to develop artwork that encourages creativity and self-sufficiency. The artwork developed by them was exhibited for sale during the event with the proceeds going to the participants and their respective organisations.

A free medical check-up camp for the differently abled was arranged on-site with the help of doctors, nurses and paramedics from Medcare Hospitals & Medical Centres and Aster Hospital & Clinics, which covered a variety of specialty areas including gynaecology, orthopedics, podiatry, psychology, general medicine, basic life support and CPR training.

Alisha Moopen, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Aster and Medcare Hospitals and Clinics in the GCC said, “The United Arab Emirates has become a beacon of hope – a center of peace, prosperity and tolerance across the region, where it has developed an environment where everybody thrives in and coexists together. With Al Amal, our objective is to showcase the beauty and splendor that exists in individuals and People of Determination, which is sometimes hidden.”

“Across the Aster Group, we want to shed light and bring forward the People of Determination to embrace the beauty and differences that truly remind us that how special God has created each one of us. The event marks our underlying commitment to work together across the community in an effort to further integrate the People of Determination across the social fabric of UAE and beyond.”

Through various initiatives, the Aster Volunteers programme has been able to impact 854,065 lives across geographies. Operating primarily across 9 countries including GCC and India, Aster Volunteers have been able to treat 99,792 individuals through mobile medical camps, conducted 140,120 basic life support trainings and 22,988 free surgeries as well as health investigations, supported with the recruitment of 71 differently abled people and conducted 2608 medical camps. The aid programme in Somali land, Jordan, Bangladesh & Kerala has benefitted 233,488 people.

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