By Rubelin F. Zamora

The Filipino community here made February 1, 2019, as a remarkable date for Umm Al Quwain, following the support given by the Filipino clubs and organizations, such as UFCU, Gbart BlackHornet, UAQ hardcourt and FACE UAE- UAQ Chapter, to the clean-up drive, which was conducted in collaboration with #FUN.

The groups started the month of February with the community service dubbed as “CLEAN-UP DRIVE,” a gesture of gratitude by the Filipinos to Umm Al Quwain and to the UAE for taking care of Kabayans by giving them equal opportunities in terms of jobs and security, as well as respect for their religious beliefs.

The clean-up drive was supported by China Mall – Umm Al Quwain, Umm Al Quwain Government – Umm Al Quwain Municipality and UAQ Business Women Council.

The UAQ Municipality provided garbage bags and gloves while the UAQ Business Women Council provided the tents and mats in the resting area for the volunteers. Fruits, juices, bread and water were also made available by the China Mall – Umm Al Quwain aside from those prepared by the volunteers.

 The different organizations’ representatives were present during the clean-up drive, even as they checked on their volunteers from time to time to see if they need more assistance.

Indeed, it was a productive and fun day because aside from taking care of Mother Nature, everyone got the chance to strengthen camaraderie among themselves and with other groups from the different emirates that started since 2017 with a series of activities held together, like the Wet Olympics in Dubai, Family Fun Day in China Mall UAQ,  Philippines Independence Day at China Mall Umm Al Quwain, which were organized by Filipino clubs in UAQ and supported by #FUN, including the Pinoy Winter Festival in Zaabel Park  followed by Pinoy Winter Festival in UAQ .

The UAQ Clean-Up Drive culminated with the messages from group leaders of the different participating organizations who expressed their appreciation for the presence of all the volunteers, even as they announced their support for the upcoming activities in UAQ.

Representatives of UAQ Government, China Mall – Umm Al Quwain and UAQ Business Women Council have also guaranteed warmth support to all the projects and events that will be organized by the Filipino community here, opening their doors for a more solid cooperation between Filipino community in Umm Al Quwain and the Umm Al Quwain Government.