Conquering heights for a social cause? Two UAE residents are doing just that

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Two UAE-based athletes will be scaling new heights to raise awareness of labourers across the country and their contributions to society.

Continuing their challenge to climb the seven summits – the highest peak on each continent – Olga Zolotova and Mohammad Khalaf will be scaling Russia’s Mount Elbrus in August.

The mountain marks the second challenge for the pair, who trekked Africa’s Kilimanjaro last year in support of the UAE tolerance law. “We love living in the UAE: it’s a beautiful place, it’s safe and it’s clean,” Olga told us.

“But when we thought about it, it’s all thanks to these people, the labourers, who keep the city clean, who help at the petrol station, who make the buildings.”

Alongside their gruelling ascent, Olga and Mohammad are collecting donations of hygiene and personal care items including towels, soaps and shampoo with help from Emirates Red Crescent.

“We wanted to let them know that they’re valued and important,” she added.

“Spending five dirhams on a soap isn’t a lot for many of us, but they’re basic items everyone needs – especially these men who are working all day outside in the heat.

“When people ask me why I don’t do this for charities back home, I say that I don’t run or climb for my nationality, I do it for people,” Olga reflected.

“The UAE is my home right now, and that’s why I have to contribute and give back to society. “There are many people who need help, and you can’t help everyone – but at least you can help someone.”

The duo will collect donations in Abu Dhabi from 3rd to 20th September but prior notice is required. For more information or to donate, contact: olga.inspired@gmail.com

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