FUJAIRAH, 28th February, 2017 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, has donated US$100,000 to the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, THF, and their programmes for refugees.
According to the 'Inside The Games' website, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed presented the donation during the opening ceremony of the fifth Fujairah Open Taekwondo Championships.
"The growth of refugee numbers globally is one of the greatest crises facing humanity today," he told the World Taekwondo Federation, WTF, President, Chungwon Choue.
"I make this donation because taekwondo is an economical, easy-to-deploy tool that delivers self-discipline, self-defence and self-confidence to refugees, so effectively upgrading their lifestyles."
The THF's mission is to empower refugee children via the martial art and sport of taekwondo, as well as through related educational programmes that teach good global citizenship and Olympic values.
Choue said, "I want to offer my deepest thanks to His Highness both for his tireless support of taekwondo in the United Arab Emirates, and most especially, for this unexpected and extremely generous donation. This money will be transparently used to create long-term, sustainable programmes for the benefit of refugee children worldwide."
THF, together with the WTF’s in-house World Taekwondo Cares programme, has been operating programmes for refugees in camps in Jordan and Turkey and among persons displaced by earthquakes in Nepal.
This year, the two organisations plan to build a dedicated taekwondo training facility at the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan and at another, as-yet-to-be-decided, refugee camp in Rwanda.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed made the donation at the opening of the three-day Championship, an event which attracted 589 athletes from 35 countries.
A booth was also set up at Khalifa Hall, the venue for the event, where attendees could take the "THF Challenge". Those willing to take part break a wooden board on camera, pledge a donation to the THF and challenge someone else to do the same.