A group of philanthropically minded young people has made a huge difference to the lives of those less fortunate with a capital-wide clothing drive.
Club RISE, a non-profit group founded by students from Bright Riders School, teamed up with pupils from Abu Dhabi Indian School and GEMS United Indian School to collect clothing to donate to needy children as part of a Year of Giving initiative.
With 11,000 pieces of clothing collected in just two weeks, the items collected will be distributed to children in need by the UAE chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Parth Garg, Tanmay Kulkarni, Ankitha Anil, Bhadra Nair, Ahmad Khan, Nishant Balani, Apurva Sontake, Rohit Sunil, Nisarg Shah and Vaishnavi Jagdale all rallied together to collect the items.
Club RISE was founded by students Tanmay Kulkarni and Parth Garg, who were motivated to give back to society and highlight key social issues, with events ranging from litter clean-ups to charity drives and awareness sessions on issues such as mental health.
“When we founded Club RISE, we wanted to highlight the issues that threaten our society and we wanted to give something back,” explained Nisarg Shah, 16, the club’s event manager and student at Abu Dhabi Indian School.
“In the UAE, we’re so lucky, but there are many countries in the world where people are living in poverty. That was why we wanted to take action with our recent campaign.”
He continued, “Imagine the next generation. We have a responsibility to make their future safe and make a better world for them. We want people to come together and help us help the UAE.
“We can work together to do that. The more people that work together, the bigger the impact we can make.”
To find out more about Club RISE, visit: clubrisead.cf