The coronavirus pandemic has served as a reality check for millions around the globe. The Covid-19 outbreak in the UAE has resulted in many people losing their jobs and undergoing multiple financial burdens. Unfortunately, we are living in stressful times where many are finding it difficult to make ends meet. On the brighter side, however, there are people who vow to help those in need in their own little way. This article sheds light on two Dubai-based students who are putting their music talent to great use. Together, the 12-year-old boys are aiming to perform and upload 100 songs in 30 days to raise funds for the NGO, Operation Smile UAE.
The non-profit organization primarily assists those who cannot afford to provide basic necessities to their toddler children. Arjun Anand from Dubai College and Dev Vohra from Dubai International Academy play the saxophone, keyboard, guitar and sing various cover songs for the cause under the theme of ‘Music for Humanity’. Speaking about the same, Arjun said, “Music for Humanity aims to raise awareness and funds for Operation Smile UAE, which is currently helping to coordinate essential baby items for families who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”
He added, “We wanted to challenge ourselves by performing 100 songs in 30 days to help raise funds for this noble cause. This entailed multiple hours of self-learning and practice to prepare ourselves for the ongoing challenge.” Arjun and Dev have collectively raised more than Dh10,000 until now. Morag Cromey-Hawke, the executive director of Operation Smile UAE, said, “They have done such a brilliant job. It is a very innovative and creative initiative. Not just that they have also managed to raise more money than they had hoped for. The pandemic has left many families with young children in a distressed situation. Many cannot even afford to buy nappies, formula milk, clothes for their children.” He concluded, “Music for Humanity is raising money to buy all of this and more for these young children.”