HH Sheikh Mohammed Issued An Open Letter In Response To 2017 Being 'The Year Of Giving'

And it's totally inspiring

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2017 has been crowned ‘The Year Of Giving,’ by The UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Khalifa has said that the main themes throughout the year are strengthening social responsibility in the private sector, promoting the idea of volunteering and strengthening the concept of serving the nation in new generations of Emiratis and expatriates. HH Sheikh Mohammed issued an open letter with his thoughts and feelings towards the spirit of giving in response to Sheikh Khalifa’s decree. 

In the letter, he states that

“Giving is a value we cherish and saw personified in the UAE’s Founding Father Sheikh Zayed. We continue to see this philanthropic legacy embodied by his sons and ingrained in the DNA of our society. Through my humble experience, I believe giving is not limited to monetary donations. Rather, ‘giving’ is defined by the differences we make: the differences in someone’s life, in a society, or in a nation.”  

He also mentions Sheikh Khalifa's late father, Sheikh Zayed’s legacy

“Sheikh Zayed’s legacy is not measured in the generous donations he made to the less fortunate only, but in the impact he has had on our lives and our country forever. This is our goal for the Year of Giving – to make a difference in the lives of those we care for, and in ourselves.”

It's unsurprisingly inspiring

In true Sheikh Mohammed fashion, his words were both heartfelt and inspirational as he hits home with how everyone can give a little more. He said “the first step is asking ourselves exactly how we can make a difference. Every father, mother, son and daughter can ask him or herself how they can contribute to the advancement of their families and communities. All of us have the capability and capacity to make a real difference in the lives of those around us.”

The letter concludes with a New Year’s wish to all 

“As we look forward to a new year, we wish for goodness and bliss for all. We hope for another year in a cohesive and prosperous UAE, where everyone cares for everyone, and where everyone finds a way to make a difference. I am optimistic that 2017 will leave a lasting legacy – one where the principles of giving are deeply implanted in the hearts of many more generations to come.”

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