My volunteering experience at “Wanna Read?”

I got to achieve my first volunteering experience through twofour54’s CSR initiative #untied4UAE. As exciting as it was to be a part of this, I was nervous, mostly because I never had such an opportunity where I am required to read to young children at a hospital. I felt they might think I was boring or not fun. Yet I never thought a task as simple as reading a sweet story can put the biggest smile on children’s faces. Being a new mother myself, this experience was an eye opener for life’s ever changing unexpected circumstances that we all should be strong enough to handle. Besides reading a story, we also played games and did puzzles together which was a lot fun, they didn’t want me to leave which made me want to stay with them for a longer time than planned. It all started here, by registering on the #united4uae campaign microsite, www.united4uae.com, participating to volunteer was the easiest part to submit online; then a contact person from the non-profit organisation contacted me to schedule my volunteer visit.‎ And so the journey began…have wrapped up my experience in a video to give you a feel of what great outcome came from such a small and fun task. I highly recommend everyone to join this campaign, as it will make a difference in not only the children’s life, but it will give meaning to yours.

Maryam Al Mheiri

Playing a role in a young child’s healing process was very gratifying. Having visited Mafraq Hospital to meet children in the paediatric ward who were overly happy to get out of their rooms to gather at the “Wanna Read?” room, reminded me of the importance of being together. Hospitalised children need a change of scenery alongside their round of treatment, and the “Wanna Read?” room provides them with that. It’s full of colours, books and activities that help children enjoy the play area. I am confident that our twofour54 staff would be delighted to dedicate their time to putting smiles on the faces of hospitalised children. I am very honoured to have collaborated with “Wanna Read?” as part of the #United4UAE initiative to give back to the community and look forward to making a positive impact on the children’s future.

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