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UAE Water Aid surpasses original target, will help extra 600,000 people.

An extra 603,000 people who lack access to clean water will benefit from the UAE Water Aid campaign after it raised more than Dhs140 million -- surpassing its own target amount of money required to help five million people by roughly Dhs20 million.

The Dhs140,081,000 raised so far by UAE Water aid from government departments, companies and individuals is enough to help 5,603,000 people around the world gain access to potable water, according to the project's organising committee.

"The wide response at the government and popular level to the charity campaign launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, within only two weeks has contributed to making this honourable achievement which proves that our country has earned this well-deserved position on the forefront of nations rushing to humanitarian work," said Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Organising Committee of UAE Water Aid.

Mr. Al Gargawi thanked all donors for their contributions which he described as a source of pride and as a demonstration of the interest of the whole society in taking part in charity, espeically during the Holy Month of Ramdan.

"May Allah bless all the donors and enable them to always be part of efforts to promote peace, brotherliness, harmony and love among all people," said Mr. Al Gargawi.

In order to allow more donors to show their support to the humanitarian drive, and to maximise its benefits for the needy, the UAE Water Aid campaign will continue to receive donations until it officially wraps up on Wednesday 16 July.

Figures from World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in 2008 show that a child dies every 21 seconds from a water-related illness, or 9,800 people every day, 3.4 million people each year.

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