Two months back,10,975 kilogrammes of study materials were collected in a day, in a record-breaking donation drive held in Dubai , for children living in refugee camps.
Under the patronage of Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business initiative ‘ENGAGE Dubai’ and with the support of Emirates Red Crescent, the drive was organised by Indian philanthropist Venkatraman Krishnamoorthy,on October 14.
Recently, this was recognised by Guinness World Records and Krishnamoorthy officially received the certificate for “The largest donation of school supplies in 24 hours”. The previous Guinness world record in this category was 4,571kg, held by Alanoud Alzaid and Nama Charity in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
During the felicitation event held for the same on Monday, Krishnamoorthy said: “Khaleej Times was the first who took up the story of this initiative and carried it in print, web and social media. The video presentation had a huge impact especially on social media, as it garnered a wide viewership all over UAE. After the coverage, many schools, corporates and individuals from Abu Dhabi, Ajman and Sharjah contacted me,” said Krishnamoorthy.
Such charity based events will be organized in the future, says the Indian expat, as it would help bring smiles on the faces of the needy children around the world.In 2009, he began his journey as a philanthropist and started a charity called education4all, that collects stationery items and distributes them to underprivileged children in India and Africa was founded by him.