HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has approved the establishing of RTA Foundation.
The concept is inspired by the initiative of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, designating 2017 as The Year of Giving in the UAE.
Receiving the Chairperson and members of RTA Foundation, Al Tayer said, “Launching the Foundation stems from the noble values of the UAE advocating the concept of social responsibility and fostering the spirits of solidarity & cooperation amongst community members and organisations.
As part of its social responsibility to the community and the nation, RTA has endorsed the launch of seven initiatives marking The Year of Giving, covering an array of charitable activities in the fields of culture, education, volunteering, fund-raising and transportation.”
“RTA has developed a package of initiatives & events in support of The Year of Giving. These initiatives are highlighted by setting up the RTA Foundation aimed at delivering community-benefiting charitable services & initiatives in the field of transport for individuals or specific parties without seeking profits.
Through the Foundation, RTA will team up with public/private entities in offering transport-related charitable projects in poor or disadvantaged countries with the aim of positively influencing the standard of living and adding economic benefits to those countries.
“The chief funding source of this Foundation is the income generated by the ‘Public Transport Endowment’ RTA launched in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy.
The Foundation will also raise funds through an elective donation channel for NOL cardholders & vehicle owners at the time of issuing/renewing their vehicles registration, driver licenses or even taking taxi rides.
“The Foundation will finance projects & initiatives related to safe transit means of various types in poverty-stricken countries. It will support the education in those countries through donating transit means to ease the mobility of students.
Offering such transit means to & from their schools will reduce the school dropping out rates at an early age due to miserable economic conditions experienced by students.
“Through the Foundation, RTA can also lend support to the people of determination to enable them to lead an independent life and move to their destinations easily through donating one wheelchair every month in coordination with the parties concerned.
It will also support jobless individuals, fixed income earners and fresh graduates through offering them a Training Programme.
The assistance will also include RTA’s employees experiencing pressing conditions such as the repayment of loans or emergency medical expenses,” said Al Tayer. More info
By Staff emirates247.com