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Guinness World Records register Sharjah’s wooden charity box
By a staff reporter July 27, 2014
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SHARJAH: Joy of giving 2014 — A unique Ramadan event under Sharjah Ramadan Shopping Festival, created a Guinness World Record for the largest wooden charity box at Sharjah Corniche on Friday.

When the box was revealed for the public by 6:30 pm on Friday, charity donations in kind started flowing and authorities expected to fill the box and add more space outside the box for charitable donations, organisers said.

The main sponsor - Sanford – offered 2,000 products for charity and LalCares, another sponsor sponsored by Malayalam film star Mohanlal, offered 50 packets of various things. All Sharjah-based companies have offered their products or sponsored products for the charity box which will be displayed for a week in Sharjah.

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Sharjah Charity International, UAE, in association with Chlorophyll Events, held the event and record setting at Al Buhairah Corniche, Sharjah from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday.

“The message of sharing and giving is amplified to a global audience through Joy of Giving this year and setting a World Record in the biggest charity box ever. A special area of the venue (Al Noor Mosque, Al Buhairah Corniche, Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah) would be  arranged where every individual can come and donate a piece of their belonging to the less fortunate and spread the message globally,” organisers said.

The initiative this year will also collect public offerings for the poor and needy by placing collection shelves at supermarkets in major malls across Sharjah, which is initiated during the press conference on this year 2014.  The event also includes collection points at various malls for clothes, books, toys, toiletry items, etc on behalf of Sharjah Charity Organisation. 

“We invite all corporate to donate used clothes/ toys to the needy and less fortunate people and help us spreading the message of sharing and giving. The donors are requested to hand over their offerings to their respective department in your organisation which will be handed over to Sharjah Charity International, along with other collectibles which will be gathered from our collection points located across Sharjah. So let come and be a part of this great initiative,” Sureshlal from Chlorophyll said.

The evening of giving and sharing, spreading the message of the Holy Month of Ramadan was held at Al Noor Mosque, Khalid Lagoon, Al Buhairah Corniche in Sharjah.

Government officials, members from popular business groups of UAE, prominent personalities of neighbouring countries in the region and other celebrities from the entertainment, hospitality, education, NGO and business industries were present on the occasion.

Project Manager, Mena of the Guinness Book of Records after presenting the appreciation record certificate to the organisers told The Gulf Today that the box is 6.1m in length, 3.2m in width and 2.6m in height and valid for a record as the largest charity wooden box in the world.

He, however, added that only the size and not the content is counted for the record.

Officials of SCCI, Sharjah Charity and several others from government and private organisations were also present.

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