The second Annual Talent Show was conducted by the students of Dubai International Academy (DIA) in Emirates Hills here. The event was held as part of an initiative by the institute to lend a helping hand to children suffering from hunger and malnutrition in the Horn of Africa region.
The talent show involved students aged between seven and 13, with the pupils' parents, friends and family members also offering a helping hand to raise funds to feed more than 7,000 children in Horn of Africa. The money raised will support United Nations World Food Programme's efforts in the drought-stricken region.
The drive helped raise Dh7,000 in two hours.
The event attracted a large audience. Students presented classical and rock instrumental music, original compositions, interspersed with song-and-dance sequences and drama skits — all presented in colourful costumes.
"We are very fortunate to enjoy all the facilities and resources. But that shouldn't keep us away from the realities of the less-fortunate ones and the most vulnerable nations around us.
"To raise awareness about the same, we organised a fun event where students, through their ambition and talent, raised funds and contribute towards eradication of extreme hunger and poverty," said Robin Wirz, 13, one of the student-judges present at the event.
The UN World Food Programme was represented by Ashraf Hamouda, head of Partnerships & Business Development, Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region, who also received the donation amount at the conclusion of the event.