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Lebanon’s Brave Heart Fund and UN’s World Food Programme given financial boost

Her Excellency Mrs. Hoda I. Al Khamis Kanoo with Mohammed Diab, Country Director and Representative, and Director of Donor relations Middle East, United Nations World Food Programme, and Riham Kosta Serhan, Brave Heart Fund – AUBMC Co-Founder 20th Jun 2012

Abu Dhabi Festival proceeds donated to humanitarian causes aimed at alleviating the suffering of children

Celebrating the spirit of ‘Bilad Al Khayr’ – ‘The Land of Blessings’, the 2012 Abu Dhabi Festival donated a share of the proceeds from the ticket sales to Lebanon’s Brave Heart Fund and the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP).

Speaking during the ceremony ADMAF Founder H.E Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo said, “The Abu Dhabi Festival is a passionate supporter of these two eminently noble causes, we hope our humble contribution to the Brave Heart Fund and the WFP will go some way to alleviate the lives of those who need it most.”

Accepting the cheque on behalf of Brave Heart Fund – AUBMC Co-Founder Riham Kosta Serhan said. "We are so proud to have been associated with the Abu Dhabi Festival. Thank you for your generosity, for giving us this opportunity to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease, the number one killer in the first year of life and for helping us realise our mission that "no child should die of heart disease because of a lack of funds." 

The Brave Heart Fund was established in 2003 in conjunction with the American University in Beirut. It supplies much needed financial support to children in need of life-changing surgical procedures. It also ensures financial support and ongoing medical care to families who would otherwise go without the necessary support. The Fund is also a key player in raising awareness on the prevention of heart disease.

Mohamed Diab, WFP Country Director in the UAE and Director of Donor Relations in the Middle East underlined the presentation by saying. "ADMAF and WFP both pursue the vision of a world where every child gets access to whatever is needed to become a strong and dignified human being: love, care, food, education and culture. The funds raised through the Abu Dhabi Festival will help feed more than 200,000 schoolchildren in need across the Middle East, increasing their chance of a brighter future. We thank ADMAF for their generosity and look forward to nurturing our shared vision through many more joint activities in the future."


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. The Abu Dhabi festival 2012 ran from March 11th until April 6th and reached out to over 30,000 people across the UAE, this year was the 9th edition of the festival and featured 168 events over 27 days in association with 34 education and community groups .