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ICCA delegates to support Dubai eyesight charity

ICCA has partenred with the Noor Dubai Foundation, which prevents blindness and visual impairment globally

Pictured: Acting CEO of ICCA Dennis Speet

Delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress, taking place in Dubai later this year, will have the opportunity to support a local charity that prevents blindness and visual impairment globally, with organisers partnering with Noor Dubai Foundation on a number of initiatives.

Meetings industry professionals from around the world are set to descend on Dubai when the annual flagship event of the International Congress and Convention Association comes to the Middle East for the first time from 11-14 November. As with previous editions, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) element has been incorporated, allowing members to contribute to and raise awareness of a global cause.

On the morning on November 12, the ICCA Charity Run’N’Walk will take place along the Arabian Gulf coastline at beachfront entertainment, retail and dining district La Mer. With the choice of a 3km run or a 1.5km walk, participants will be encouraged to make a donation to Noor Dubai Foundation.

In addition, throughout the congress delegates will have the opportunity to donate old pairs of glasses, including prescription glasses and sunglasses, to the Noor Dubai Foundation which will re-lens and distribute these to those in need through its mobile eye clinic campaigns.

Acting CEO of ICCA Dennis Speet said: “Ensuring our annual Congress contains a strong, meaningful corporate social responsibility element has long been a central aim of our event planning strategy. As a result, we partner with charitable organisations in every Congress host destination, both to support local causes and allow our delegates the chance to give something back to the community that is so graciously hosting them.

Noor Dubai Foundation CEO Dr Manal Taryam said: “Funding prevention of blindness programmes is a great opportunity for corporate social responsibility and we would like to thank ICCA and the local host committee for their support. Their contribution will greatly improve both the social and economic conditions of the individuals who will receive treatment through Noor Dubai programmes.” 

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