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ABU DHABI: June 05, 2018. The Etihad Aviation Group has marked this year’s Zayed Humanitarian Day, named after UAE founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, with what it says is “an array of community and humanitarian initiatives” including food donations locally and worldwide; community activities for children, orphans and the elderly; and support for several charity programmes.

B777F Etihad humanitarian ZayedThe Group has partnered with the Emirates Red Crescent for several community projects to mark the humanitarian day that is celebrated on the 19th day of Ramadan every year.

This year’s initiatives include donating dry food parcels to more than 1,300 families in India and 1,000 families in Sri Lanka; supporting 1,000 Syrian refugees at the Ritsona camp in Greece; distributing dates to 73 airline outstations for charity; distributing iftar boxes to UAE labourers during the month of Ramadan; and donating wheelchairs to the Specialist Center for Children with Disabilities in Sharjah, which provides regular care and treatment for children up to 18 years old.

Etihad Cargo has also begun a series of humanitarian flights with a ‘Year of Zayed’ branded B777 freighter (pictured) to Almaty, Kazakhstan and Hyderabad, India delivering aid for those in need during Ramadan.

Airline CEO Peter Baumgartner commented: “We are pleased to have commenced our first Year of Zayed humanitarian operations with our cargo aircraft which is crossing the globe to deliver vital items to help people most in need.

“The humanitarian missions embody the spirit and values of the UAE’s founding father, HH Sheikh Zayed, and we are proud to play a small role in carrying forward his legacy and supporting people in need from around the globe,” he continued.