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Arpin International Group donates food and hygiene packs to Ramadan Sharing Fridges

June 14, 2018

Arpin International Group – Middle East and DASA International Movers joined forces to support the Ramadan Sharing Fridges initiative yesterday at the Octane Car Service Centre in Al Quoz, Dubai. Volunteers from the two companies donated 500 food packs and 200 hygiene packs and helped hand them out to the laborers in the area who queue up every day during Ramadan to receive meals to break their religious fast.

“This is a small token of appreciation for these laborers who build and maintain the beautiful buildings and landscapes of Dubai that we all enjoy and have the luxury of living and working in,” said Lauren Inglis, regional director, Arpin International Group – Middle East.

Arpin Strong provided financial assistance to its colleagues in Dubai to help with the initiative. The non-profit supports employees of Arpin Group companies to participate in creative undertakings that benefit those in need worldwide.

“Arpin Strong has always made it a priority to help Arpin employees with meaningful initiatives they take on in their local communities. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide assistance to our friends in the Middle East,” said Mark Dearborn, president of Arpin Strong.

This particular fridge, managed by Pam and Shak Shakil of Octane Car Service Centre, is only one of three in the most populated industrial areas in Dubai and feeds over 500 people a day. The laborers, who are working in 45 degree Celsius heat while fasting, were grateful to receive these packs to break their fast at 7 p.m.

Australian expat, Sumayyah Sayed, started the initiative in 2016 when she put a refrigerator stocked with food and water on her front porch to serve the less fortunate laborers during the holy month of Ramadan. Within two years, her act of generosity had blossomed into a community movement. Today, her initiative, Ramadan Sharing Fridges, has 170 refrigerators and support from over 27,000 members who have joined the campaign through Facebook.