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Gulf for Good Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Supporting Children Around the World

by Eddie Rayner

Gulf for Good, a UAE non-profit organisation that supports sustainable charity projects for children and promotes well-being through life-changing experiences, has celebrated its 20th anniversary. Throughout the last two decades, it has implemented sustainable projects in the developing world, helping make a real difference in the lives of underprivileged children. Established in March 2001 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, former Chairman, Brian Wilkie MBE, James Berry and Paul Oliver, Gulf for Good was first inspired by the requirement to raise funds to buy an ambulance for a war-torn community in Namibia. This saw 49 people climb Mount Kilimanjaro and raise enough money to buy four brand new Land Rover ambulances which were distributed to hospitals in Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya.

During its 20 year legacy in the UAE, Gulf for Good has organised more than 91 challenges, with over 1,585 participants, in 27 countries, in support of 61 children’s charities; raising close to $$4 million to build schools, children’s homes, hospitals and more, changing the lives of countless children around the world. In 2020 alone, during the midst of the pandemic crisis, Gulf for Good still raised AED 585,000 and provided emergency relief and Covid support to its charity projects when they needed it the most. Gulf for Good has also excelled in diversifying its offering during the pandemic with the launch of its charity retail store Thrift for Good, reselling pre-loved items and donating profits to Gulf for Good charity projects.

To mark the 20-year celebration, Gulf for Good will host an exhibition between mid-October and mid-November, which will showcase Gulf for Good’s impact during the past two decades and shine a light on the charities and supporters during the journey.

 Chairwoman of Gulf for Good, and 18-time Gulf for Good challenger, Anne Edmondson, said: “Gulf for Good continues to empower people to make positive changes to their lives and to improve the quality of children’s lives around the world. Throughout the past 20 years, we have supported numerous sustainable charity projects which have had a significant impact on underprivileged children, providing them with access to education and improved hygiene facilities. Our 20th anniversary is not just a milestone for us as a non-profit organisation, but for our whole community, which has supported us through our international challenges, UAE day hikes and training, events and CSR activities, which have all contributed to our success in supporting projects around the world. As we look to the future, we are excited to continue enriching communities and corporations by challenging them to take action, providing opportunities to inspire people to help, and most importantly, supporting sustainable charity projects for children.”

The UAE non-profit organisation helped over 35,000 children around the world through 61 projects and raised close to $4 million since it was established in 2001

Aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Gulf for Good addresses current and long-term needs in developing countries around the world related to access to basic quality education for more children where there would otherwise be none. There is a particular focus on the education of girls, basic or essential healthcare, provision of necessary medical supplies, inclusive, loving and supportive homes for vulnerable and abandoned children, and values of equality and justice.