One For The Kids

Jun 01, 2018
Night of theatre raised over Dh40,000 in funds for Red Crescent charity

Aldar Academies recently hosted its fifth annual student-led charity concert and subsequently raised over Dh40,000 for children in need.

Over 490 students from across Aldar Academies’ seven private schools and 50 students from ADNOC Schools’ four campuses – which Aldar Academies commenced the management of in 2017 – led the evening of music, dance, and theatre under the lights of Emirates Palace Theatre. All funds raised from the event, titled the Aldar Academies Musical Spectacular, will be donated to the Red Crescent charity in support of causes that benefit children in need in the UAE and globally.

The latest performance brings the total funds raised by Aldar Academies’ students across its five consecutive charity concerts to over Dh410,000. The education provider has previously raised funds in support of children in need across Somalia, to help build a school library for a school of 500 Ethiopian orphans, to support Nepalese orphans following the country’s devastating earthquake in 2015, and for the Children’s Special Care Center in Abu Dhabi. Since the first Aldar Academies charity concert, the education provider has also raised a further Dh220,000 through other charity initiatives held across its schools.

“This is the fifth occasion our talented students have led our annual concert, and every year they dazzle us with something new. This year I was particularly delighted to see our ADNOC Schools students perform with us for the first time – I am certain it won’t be the last,” said Nilay Özral, CEO of Aldar Academies.

“The creative arts play an important part in our STEAM-focused curricula, and we saw evidence of that tonight from the confidence, passion and dedication shown by our students," she added.

Reflecting the value of collaboration – one of five that Aldar Academies instills across its educational community - students of all ages from Aldar Academies and ADNOC Schools came together to thrill a packed audience of parents, staff and media. The event saw students lead classic performances from famous theatrical shows of The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Grease, and others.
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