Gulf states lead Lebanon aid bids

A series of aid initiatives have been announced over the last week, devoted to providing relief to Lebanese citizens.

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By  Alicia Buller Published  August 6, 2006

A series of aid initiatives have been announced over the last week, devoted to providing relief to Lebanese citizens. Dubai eGovernment has set up a special link on its website, providing the public with a convenient way to donate to the humanitarian cause online. According to the organisers, funds raised will be donated to the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation. The site offers a secure e-payment option, and those with a Commercial Bank of Dubai account can also donate by direct debit. E-dirham donation options are also available. The special appeal page will remain open while the urgent need for humanitarian support in Lebanon remains. Meanwhile,, the Dubai-based online auction site also launched a webpage yesterday ( to raise funds to support the work of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Red Crescent in Lebanon. ”It is our heartfelt wish for the UAE community, both individuals and businesses, to support the victimised Lebanese people,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO of The website provides users with the option of pledging an item for auction, donating money, spreading the word, or helping assist with the company's aid initiative. In addition, The National Bonds Company (NBC) recently kicked off the Call for Help campaign − an SMS fundraising initiative aimed at providing aid to Lebanese war victims. UAE residents can contribute to the campaign via their mobile phones by sending a text message to 4242 with the word ‘Lebanon’ in the body of the message, which will charge the sender Dh10 as a donation straight from their phone bill or prepaid card. The number will receive donations until 10pm on August 6. The amount raised to date will be revealed on the Sama Dubai channel on August 5 2007 during the fourth national bonds draw. Donors also have the option to send contributions to account number 0020-600000-008 at the Emirates Islamic Bank. Nasser Al Sheikh, Vice-Chairman and CEO of National Bonds Corporation, called on all the country's residents to join in the humanitarian effort to help the people of Lebanon. “We have already witnessed great acts of generosity from the UAE public and now we call upon their support for this campaign to further relieve the suffering,” he said at the launch event.

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