Better World Fund honours its activists

The two-day International Day for Persons with Disabilities event was held at the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and concluded with a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai on Jumeirah Beach. The event was attended by distinguished guests including H.E. Xavier Chatel, French Ambassador to the UAE, Mr Patrick Chalhoub and Ms Ingi Chalhoub, H.E. Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Minister responsible for talent attraction and retention at the UAE Ministry of Economy, E. Nathalie Kennedy, Consul General of France in Dubai, Hugo Henry-Seylan, Director of Institut Français, H.E. Dr Rafael Nagel, Founder and Chairman of Abrahamic Business Circle and Ms Veronica Nagel.

Manuel Collas de la Roche Founder and Chairman of Better World Fund and Mrs Mada Al Suwaidi representing HE Dr.Tariq Al Gurg CEO of Dubai Cares

The events were organised by the Better World Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Paris that uses the arts – in particular film – to highlight global issues.

 An auction was held at the gala dinner to raise funds for Dubai Cares to support the education of underprivileged children in India. In addition, an exciting new partnership was signed between Université Paris-Sarclay and the Better World Fund.  Through this partnership, the Better World Fund will explore the world’s most innovative and inclusive solutions related to education, arts, science and sustainability through a global, cross-border talent and data platform: Academia for a Better World.

Mr Patrick Duvaut , President of Foundation Paris-Saclay, Mrs Estelle Iacona, Senior Vice President University Paris-Saclay and Manuel Collas de la Roche, Founder and Chairman of Better World Fund

 At the red carpet gala dinner, activists were recognised for their work, including jazz singer Melody Gardo, a supporter of music therapy for the disabled, who spoke via video link, and the UAE Minister of Youth and Culture, H.E. Noura bin Mohammed Al Kaabi, who was represented by H.E. Mubarak Al Naqi.  As part of the event, the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth and Institut Français screened a four-minute animated film on the lives of people with disabilities, Dear Mother by Fadel Al-Mheiri and Pierre Filmont. Alexandre Bodart Pinto, entrepreneur, author and founder of Wheeling Around the World, and Sandrine Martinet-Orieux, judo gold medallist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Paralympic Games, were among the inspiring global speakers.

Manuel Collas de la Roche Founder and Chairman of Better World Fund, HH Mubarak Al Naki representing HE Noora Al Kaabi and Geraldine Dunoyer International Director of Better World Fund

 Remigio Maradona discussed possible solutions to eradicate malnutrition and presented an embassy to Manuel Collas de la Roche, president and founder of the Better World Foundation. Team Angel Wolf, a non-profit foundation based in the UAE, was also present to promote inclusion of people with disabilities and to encourage society at large to accept people with disabilities.

Alexandre Bodart Pinto Founder and CEO, Wheeling around the World and Everybody Travel

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