As the world comes together to provide some much-needed relief to the earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, UAE-based Indian entrepreneur Dr Shamsheer Vayalil has donated Rs 11 crore for the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in the two countries.
“The aid has been handed over to the Emirates Red Crescent, which is helping with relief efforts in the region. The fund will be used to support rescue efforts by providing medicine and other supplies, relocating those who have lost their homes, and rehabilitating victims and their families,” the VPS group said in a statement.
“This donation is part of our ongoing efforts to provide assistance to the relief work. My heart goes out to all affected by the devastating earthquake, and I hope this contribution will support their needs,” said Dr Shamsheer, the Founder and Chairman of Burjeel Holdings.
Dr Vayalil and his company had earlier also assisted communities during natural disasters through several notable initiatives.
In 2018, he sent a flight of medical supplies and protective gear to assist his home state, Kerala, in fighting the Nipah virus and during the floods that year.
He also joined The Giving Pledge, an initiative created by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and business magnate Warren Buffett to support good causes worldwide.