DUBAI 25 March 2020: An online #ThankYouHeroes campaign as a tribute to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, was yesterday launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Also, ‘Your City Needs You’ volunteering campaign through the ‘Day for Dubai’ app,was launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
The latter campaign seeks to give people in Dubai the opportunity to participate in a variety of volunteering activities, said Wam.
In a message of appreciation for doctors, nurses, paramedics and medical teams who dedicate their days and nights to save lives and ensure public safety, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid posted a video showing the round-the-clock medical staffers away from their families rushing to fulfill their duties.
“Our society needs to stand united in solidarity with our medical cadres against the global pandemic,” he said.
Addressing the nation’s medical teams and staff, Sheikh Mohammed said, “#ThankYouHeroes for your sacrifices, commitment and dedication to our nation.”
“Our medical teams today are the nation’s custodians and the first line of defence against humanity’s biggest enemy.”
He urged, “I invite everyone to show appreciation for our doctors, nurses, paramedics and medical teams.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid reaffirmed, “Thanks to every doctor, nurse, paramedic and hospital administrator leading the global battle against the coronavirus.
“We are proud of our administrative and medical cadres giving up their comfort for the sake of our nation and risking their own health to save ours.”
Stressing on the community’s responsibility against the pandemic, he said, “In appreciation for the relentless efforts of our medical teams, we have to fulfil our own social responsibility to protect ourselves and our nation.”
He noted, “Every citizen, resident and visitor owe their wellbeing and health to dedicated healthcare workers who are working hard without seeking any recognition in return. The least we can do as a community is to follow safety guidelines, practice social distancing and stay in our homes.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid concluded, “We are ready to provide the necessary resources and capabilities to save our greatest wealth: people.”
He invited citizens, residents and visitors of the UAE to show their appreciation and support for the nation’s healthcare workers through letters, messages or acts of solidarity using #ThankYouHeroes.
Your City Needs You campaign
The Your City Needs You campaign is organised in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority and Watani Al Emarat Foundation. The Day for Dubai app provides information about volunteering opportunities and ways to join any of the campaign’s initiatives based on the volunteer’s skills and experiences.
The campaign gives professional medical workers like doctors, pharmacists, para-medics and nurses the opportunity to serve the community. It also gives non-professionals a chance to provide social services for taking care of senior citizens and emergency response efforts.
The app enables each entity to manage its volunteers and follow up on their activities. The app also enables volunteers to join an entity’s group and interact with the entity’s officials and other volunteers. Furthermore, volunteers can calculate the hours they have contributed and apply for an achievement certificate.
On this occasion, the Crown Prince of Dubai paid tribute to healthcare workers and other personnel on the frontlines of efforts to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community. His Highness called on all members of the community to volunteer through the ‘Day for Dubai’ app.
Sheikh Hamdan said, “My message to everyone is to volunteer to join the dedicated teams that are working around-the-clock to protect our community. This is part of our social responsibility and our duty to help safeguard the welfare of society. Our aim is to ensure the highest levels of protection against the global pandemic we are facing and support the government’s efforts to combat it. This is a great opportunity to show our unity and our love for our city”.