Etihad Airways and its strategic partner Air Serbia have donated items of winter clothing, stationary, school bags, and food parcels to more than 2,000 refugee children and Serbian orphans in Belgrade.
package, which was officially handed over at the Krnjača asylum centre in the
Serbian capital today, reflects the UAE national airline’s ongoing commitment
to global education and social responsibility. The children at the centre were
joined by orphans from the Home for Children and Youth for a fun-filled few
by Mr Minja Subota, the famous Serbian television personality, the event also
included songs from Serbian children’s choirs, clown and magician shows, as
well as the Serbian folklore ensemble, Talija, and Željko Vasić, the Serbian
addition to the event at the asylum centre, the Etihad Airways’ delegation
visited on Tuesday 6 September, the Home for Children and Youth in Sremčica,
spending time with children and staff members and donating blankets, cardigans
events in Serbia are part of an agreement between Etihad Airways and the UAE
Embassy in Belgrade to provide humanitarian and social support in Serbia.
During the last four years Etihad Airways has also supported education for
children in Yemen, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Jordan.
Gojković, President of the National Assembly Committee thanked Etihad Airways
and Air Serbia and all the partners for their efforts, especially in providing
stationary and school items ahead of the start of the academic year.
Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President Abu Dhabi Airport Operations, Chairman of
the Etihad Sports and Social Committee, said: “Every child deserves to live in
a safe and secure environment with access to education. Sadly in this world
that is not always possible and so we hope that this initiative goes some way
to helping these young children in the months ahead. Our special thanks goes
for the UNHCR for supporting us to put a smile on the faces of the children.”
Excellency Juma Rashed Aldhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Serbia, said: “I would like
to thank Etihad Airways, Air Serbia, WAHA and all our partners for their
efforts in this important initiative. It shows that many organisations, and
nations, can work together to make an impact on those in need of help and
Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said: “We are delighted to
support this initiative with our partners in the Government of Serbia and
Etihad Airways, and to show these boys and girls that people care, not just today
but in the weeks and months ahead.”
Khawla Salem Rashed Al Saaedi, Presidential Representative from WAHA
International (the Women and Health Alliance International), said: “It is a
great pleasure and honour for me to attend this wonderful event, which marks
the beginning of a new alliance between all the partners. It is my wish that
this project will be a beacon of hope to these children, as well as an example
to others who wish to express their humanity to those in need.”
addresses were made at the event by Aleksandar Vulin, Minister of Labour,
Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia; Mladen
Šarcević, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic
of Serbia; Maja Gojković, President of the Serbian Assembly; Khaled Almehairbi,
Chairman of the Etihad Sports and Social Committee; HE Juma Rashed Al Dhaheri,
UAE Ambassador to Serbia; Dr. Khawla Salem Rashed Al Saaedi, Presidential
Representative from WAHA, from the office of HH Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Bin
Mohamed Al Nahyan; and Dane Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia.
also attended by Ali Al Shamsi, Vice President Emiratisation Strategy; Linda
Celestino, Vice President Guest Services (all Etihad Airways); and Branislav
Malović, Chief Government Affairs Officer; and Luka Tomić, Chairman of the
Shareholders’ Assembly (all Air Serbia).
donations in Belgrade were funded by money raised through a series of
charitable initiatives that have taken place in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with
WAHA, including ‘Walk for a Cause’, the Etihad Garage Sale, and the Holy Month
of Ramadan Football Tournament.