Saturday 30/03/2024 01:44:00 AM

ADAFSA honours 'Pioneers of Goodness for 2023'

The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) honoured the "Pioneers of Goodness for the Year 2023", including government agencies and individuals who have contributed to its efforts in charitable, humanitarian and volunteer work by supporting the initiatives launched through its "Auwn" Community Engagement Programme.

This recognition comes as part of the celebration of Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, which falls on the 19th of Ramadan each year. The honourees included entities and individuals who participated in charitable and volunteer activities, such as the Department of Culture and Tourism.

ADNEC Group, Al Dhafra Hospitals, Community Contributions Authority (Ma'an), Al Watan Volunteering Team, Friends of the Environment Society, Al Ihsan Charity Society, Emirates Blood Donation Society, Emirates Environmental Working Group, Ain Al Khaleej Hospital and Burjeel Hospital, in addition to honouring 500 volunteers from ADAFSA's employees and community members who participated in community, environmental and humanitarian events with 2,228 volunteer hours during 2023. 

Since the launch of the "Auwn" programme several years ago, over 100 community and volunteer initiatives have been organised in humanitarian, developmental, and environmental fields.

Badr Al Shihhi, Director of the Communication and Community Engagement Division at ADAFSA, said that humanitarian and charitable work is one of the fundamental principles of the United Arab Emirates and the great legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

He added that celebrating Zayed Humanitarian Day is a remembrance of the founding leader and a celebration of his good influence, noble values and achievements at the local and global levels.

Al Shehhi pointed out that ADAFSA chose Zayed Humanitarian Day to honour the pioneers of goodness who have contributed to its efforts in charitable and humanitarian work by supporting the initiatives it has launched through the "Auwn" Community Engagement Programme. He went on to explain that the 'Auwn' initiative is one of ADAFSA's key initiatives, which was established to strengthen its commitment to the local community.

 The programme is in line with the Abu Dhabi government's vision to emphasise the principles of solidarity and unity that exist within the UAE community.