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Inspire Dubai Awards

Inspire Dubai Awards
Lifesaver of the Year, Muhannad Al Jazireh \n

\n\nOn Friday November 7, Muhannad Al Jazireh, otherwise known as Jordanian DJ Moe of Channel 4 FM, rescued a woman from the sea in Umm Al Quwain. With no lifeguards in sight, a strong current and many onlookers, Muhannad took the plunge after he heard the woman’s husband crying for help. He battled the current, before struggling to pull the grateful woman ashore. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Inspiring Personality, Katy Newitt. \n

\n\nKaty inspired the creation of Foresight, which educates people about blindness in the UAE and funds research into hereditary eye disease. After losing her own vision, Brit-born Katy has worked hard to change perceptions about blindness, raising money for research and to helping to break down prejudices around blindness. Examples of her enterprise include challenges such as cycling from Dubai to Fujairah on a tandem bike, which she has done several times.
Inspire Dubai Awards
Guardian of the Year, Afra Al Basti. \n

\n\nChief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Women and Children, UAE national Afra Al Basti works to protect and support abused women and children in the UAE. The foundation provides a refuge for women and children afflicted by violence and abuse, offering legal counsel, shelter and care for those who have suffered through circumstance, domestic violence, or exploitation, and has done much to raise awareness of these issues the UAE. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Guardian of the Year, Elle and Roger Trow. \n

\n\nIn 2006 Elle and Roger founded Helping Hands, a charity that reaches out to underprivileged workers in Dubai. Their hands-on approach and unerring drive has earned them widespread respect. Each day, Elle and Roger, originally from the UK, personally deliver food and toiletries, phone cards and clothes to those in most need in the city’s labour camps, while facilitating recreational activities to promote the wellbeing of the city’s labourers and domestic workers. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Guardian of the Year, Gulshan Kavarana. \n

\n\nGulshan has given up the last 10 years of her life volunteering for the Dubai Centre for Special Needs and running support groups for affected families. Viewed by those around her as a guardian angel, India-born Gulshan offers the children there her love and support, while also supporting their families by organising social events and activities. Gulshan’s driving passion is the acceptance of children with special needs within the community. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Fundraiser of the Year, Jalal Jamal Binthaneya. \n

\n\nJalal, a UAE national and a student at the Middlesex University of Dubai, dedicates his spare time to raising awareness for people in the UAE with special needs by planning and executing extreme challenges. In January 2007 he trekked 600km across the desert to become the first person to walk across the UAE, while earlier this year he climbed 100 towers in Dubai, which involved trudging up and down a staggering 90,000 steps. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Environmental, Habiba Al Marashi \n

\n\nHabiba is co-founder and chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a voluntary, non-governmental organisation, which aims to encourage responsibility for the preservation and protection of the environment in the UAE. Habiba has also gained worldwide respect for her dedication to the environment, working on the United Nations Environment Programme and helping to keep green issues firmly on the agenda in the UAE. (ITP IMages)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Educator of the Year, Janet Webber. \n

\n\nBritish teacher Janet Webber is one of those rare teachers who have a profound influence on their pupils, living by the motto that ‘to teach is to touch a life forever’. Janet runs two of the most sought-after nursery schools in Dubai and, despite the threat of closure, followed by a recent diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and then a brain haemorrhage, she continues to run her schools with vigour and instil in her pupils a joy for learning. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Child of bravery, Callum Woods.\n

\n\nCallum, from the UK, had to contend with the tragedy of losing his mother, after she was run down by a car on the night of his father’s birthday. He had to deal with his own grief and considerable attention from the press, but 16-year-old Callum has continued to be an inspiration to his peers, working with younger children in school, leading his own band and generally throwing himself into school life. His courage has been humbling to all who know him. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Young Achiever of the Year, Dana Nashawati. \n

\n\nDana, originally from Syria, lost her sight at the age of 13, after an eye infection affected her optic nerves. Forced to discontinue school, she nevertheless managed to complete her exams. Now 21, Dana is holding down a full-time job with Emirates Airlines while working towards her degree. Her positive outlook on life and her resolve to change attitudes towards those with special needs in Dubai have proved extremely motivating to those around her. (ITP Images)
Inspire Dubai Awards
Special Recognition, Joy Jones. \n

\n\nRespected by the authorities, church leaders and those around her, Joy has visited Dubai’s prisons for more than a decade years, offering support to the inmates and their families. During her 31 years in Dubai, Joy has been a pillar of support for members of the Filipino community, who come to her for guidance with employment, financial and accommodation difficulties. Joy is a genuine unsung hero, giving to others with no expectation of thanks or reward. (ITP Images)