The Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work has announced the creation of a new category, for voluntary work or voluntary contributions among non-employed university students.

The new category was launched during ceremony of the Awards, recently held at al Al Qasimia University, Sharjah, in the presence of HE Affaf Ibrahim Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Musabah Balageed Al Kuttbi, Deputy Chairman, Jassim Hamad Al Hamadi, Secretary General, along with Sultan Mohammed Al Khayal, Fatima Mousa Al Baloushi, Eman Rashid Saif and Hamid Al Abbar; members of the Board of Trustees.

Commenting on the occasion, HE Affaf Ibrahim Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, said: “The addition of this category is part of our commitment to encourage more people from the Emirate of Sharjah to participate in voluntary activities”.

The number of participants in the 14th edition of Sharjah Award for voluntary Work has increased substantially as compared to the figures of the last year, according to a report issued by the award executive management. The award attracted 159 entries this year, an impressive 127% growth as compared to the 70 participants in 2015.

The recently-added category will -in turn- help create further opportunities for voluntary work, in addition to engaging more community member in beneficial activities, which will surely reflect on the over-all outcome of next year’s edition.

Established by Decree No. 2 of 2001, issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work (SAV) is the first-of-its-kind in the UAE and the Arab World. Aiming to make the UAE a role model for establishing and promoting volunteering institutions, SAV encourages and backs all kinds of volunteering efforts by recognizing the entities and individuals who offered their voluntary efforts, ideas and projects without expecting to be repaid