Z-Corp’s ‘collaboration team’ organises marks Down’s Syndrome with event for children
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp)’s ‘collaboration team’ organised an open day for children affected by Down’s Syndrome.  The open day event was held in association with Ministry of Social Development's Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children at Rustaq to mark World Down Syndrome Day annually observed on March 21 to raise public awareness on Down Syndrome, a congenital disorder. World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness initiative that has been backed by the United Nations since 2012. It has been spearheaded by Down Syndrome International, which has linked up with national charities across the world to develop activities and events to raise awareness and support for those living with Down syndrome. This year the day focused on the theme ‘Leave no one behind’.

The event was attended by representatives of Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre, parents, children and member of the ‘collaboration team’.

Over 100 children affected by Down’s Syndrome participated in the open day which included various activities and performances enacted by them. In tune with the objective of World Down Syndrome Day, the collaboration team of Z-Corp along with support of the Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre organised and participated in special activities and events with an aim to raise public awareness for the inclusion and well-being of children with Down Syndrome.

Thanking Z-Corp and its collaboration team for their support, Essa bin Said Al Kindi, President of Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre said, “Organising events such as this raises public awareness and enhances the confidence of children with the Down Syndrome. It brings attention and also encourages other private organisations to support the cause. We are thankful to Zubair Corporation’s ‘collaboration team’ for organising such a wonderful event. Our centre has been dedicated to encouraging inclusion and well-being of children with Down Syndrome.

Lauding the role of the Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre, Saleh Al Amri, DGM, HR and Administration at Oasis Company a member of Collaboration team said, “Like the theme suggests, we believe people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to lead rewarding lives and included on an equal basis in all aspects of society. The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, pledges that “no one will be left behind”. As a group we are honoured to support this pledge.  We believe that working towards integrating these children into everyday social spheres is a responsibility and a duty for all of us. We are honoured to support Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre which has been doing wonderful work in assisting children and their families. Their effort in promoting public awareness about Down Syndrome is commendable.”

He added, “We are delighted of our collaboration teams’ efforts to organise this programme for the benefit of these children. The Zubair Corporation will continue to nurture its employees' sense of responsibility and encourage exchange of experience through the works of the ‘collaboration team’.”

The ‘collaboration team’ comprises of a group of employees of Z-Corp and its subsidiaries who participate in community initiatives which are planned and conducted by them. The ‘collaboration team’ undertakes projects that bring to focus Z-Corp’s continued and evolving socially relevant strategy to make a positive difference in the society. The organisation of this event comes within the framework of the corporate social responsibility strategy of Z-Corp and displayed the group’s commitment to support the community it operates in.

The ‘collaboration team’ continuously organises socially important events. An important strategy at Z-Corp is that it encourages employees to get involved in their local communities by actively contributing their time for worthy causes and projects. The group continues to nurture its employees' sense of responsibility and encourages exchange of experience.

Among the many programmes it has organised include an open day for children affected by Down’s Syndrome, sports day event at the Omar bin Al Khattab Institute for the Blind based in Mawaleh, community events at the Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children across Oman. To encourage children with disabilities and special needs, the team conducted an art contest “I am gifted” at the Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Sohar. As part of its commitment to contribute towards meaningful causes in the community, the ‘collaboration team’ frequently organises programmes for senior citizens in cooperation with the Omani Association for Elderly Friends. The team recently took the children of employees working in Z-Corp group of companies to the 24th Muscat International Book Fair.

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