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UOWD Special Christmas event for special children

Wednesday, 21 December, 2011

Students from Dubai Centre for Special Needs were treated to a morning of fun, music and games at a Christmas party hosted by the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities recently. Over 60 students, aged between 4 to 20 years, with different disabilities and some of them on wheel-chairs and accompanied by attendants and teachers visited the university in Dubai Knowledge Village. The administration of the university joined student volunteers in organizing a fun-filled entertainment program for the special needs children, with Santa Claus in attendance. The children took part in a number of games and were presented with prizes and gifts. The venue was decorated with balloons and festive ornamentations. Welcoming the students, Raymi van der Spek, Executive Director of Strategic Development at UOWD, said: "We are delighted to welcome these beautiful visitors from Dubai Centre for Special Needs. Coming from a university that has been doing pioneering work in UAE education field for the past 18 years, this celebration is an expression of our commitment to give something back to the community. David Rome, President of UOWD, presented a cheque of AED 6,000 to Roula Farah, PR Manager of Dubai Centre for Special Needs, as the universitys contribution to the Centre. The amount was collected by students and staff of the university. "It was a fabulous event which brought joy not only to the students but also to every member of the UOWD family, said van der Spek. "Despite their disabilities, their joy was infectious and their spirit inspiring. We enjoyed the event as much as they did.