A charity auction, organised by the Sharjah Children Biennial (SCB), a subsidiary of the General Department of Children Centres, raised AED 250,000 to ‘Ana’ a childhood cancer initiative.
Fifty paintings and artworks created by children who participated in the 4th edition of SCB were sold during the auction that took place at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday (yesterday).
The auction, the first of its kind in the region, was opened by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Department of Seaports and Customs, and Sheikh Majid bin Faisal Al Qasimi, first Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Also attending were Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development, Reem BinKaram, Manager of the General Department of Sharjah children centres and President of the Sharjah children Biennial, H.E. Ameera BinKaram, President of the Board of Trustees and Founding Member of FoCP, Sheikha Hind Abdulaziz Al Qasimi, Board Member of Sharjah Business Women Council, Raghda Taryam, Board Member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Obaid Al Tunaiji, Member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mohammed Ahmed Ameen, Assistant General for Economic and International Affairs, and representatives of a number of government and private organisations, in addition to businessmen and businesswomen, and media representatives.
Reem BinKaram, Manager of the General Department of Sharjah Children Centres and President of the Sharjah Children Biennial, said, “We are pleased with the resounding success achieved by the charity auction, which we consider as a gift from Sharjah and the UAE, on behalf of the children of the world, to their peers who have cancer. There is nothing better than being a contributor to a charity that would have an impact on the lives of friends and colleagues your own age. This where the true value lies in this auction, which involved artwork by children and young people aged up to 18 years old.”
BinKaram added, “The turnout of people was amazing, as it was the first charity auction to be organised by the Sharjah Children Biennial, and we thank all those who contributed to and participated in the auction.”
According to BinKaram one of the paintings, called “Girl Face”, won the children’s award and has been turned into a promotional product by the Biennial Management. The painting will appear on a collection of plates in a small box, with each plate carrying a brief about the SCB, and information about cancer, another has information about “Ana” initiative, and lastly information about the painting itself.
The children who created the artworks focused on the values of love, cooperation and peace, expressing their feelings about what is happening around them in the outside world through art. The children, many from the UAE, have added a glimpse of optimism for a better future for them, their families and nations. The artworks sold during the auction were first displayed at the Sharjah Children’s Biennial in December 2014. They were created by children and adolescents from 11 Arab and foreign countries.
Artworks will displayed on Thursday, October 22, at the Dubai International Financial Centre, Ajyad Gallery, from 5-7 pm, and another auction will be held in Abu Dhabi, from November 17 to 21 during Abu Dhabi Art taking place at Al Saadiyat Island.
Ana”, is a childhood cancer initiative that falls under Friends of Cancer Patients’ umbrella program “Kashf” for early detection of cancer. The initiative came to light in November 2014 instigated by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP), International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC.