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PHOTOS: Children swap uniform for costumes to raise funds for the needy

Sanobar Sabah

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A large number of students belonging to Aldar Academies shed uniform for costumes to take part in a charity concert in Abu Dhabi last weekend raising over AED 40,000 for children in need.

14-year-old Maya Nourse (L) playing lead role ‘Mary Poppins’ while 13-year-old Rowan Fear (R) playing the role of ‘Bert’ from the classic, ‘Mary Poppins’. (Supplied)
14-year-old Maya Nourse (L) playing lead role ‘Mary Poppins’ while 13-year-old Rowan Fear (R) playing the role of ‘Bert’ from the classic, ‘Mary Poppins’. (Supplied)

Organizers of the event said that all funds raised from the event – Aldar Academies Musical Spectacular – will be donated to the Red Crescent charity.

Al Ain Academy’s ‘Mary Poppins’ cast chilling out behind the scenes while waiting to perform. (Supplied)
Al Ain Academy’s ‘Mary Poppins’ cast chilling out behind the scenes while waiting to perform. (Supplied)

Over 540 students participated in the event many performing for the first time. They took part in classic performances from famous theatrical shows of The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast to Cinderella and Grease.

Students of Yasmina school said: ”We started as a nobody; now we are famous.” (Supplied)
Students of Yasmina school said: ”We started as a nobody; now we are famous.” (Supplied)

The latest annual concert brings the total funds raised by Aldar Academies’ students across its five consecutive charity concerts to over AED 410,000.

“Cinderella Jones” performed by Yasmina school challenged stereotypes and encouraged little girls to not wait for a prince charming to “save” them. Present day Cinderella can choose to be anyone she wants to be – a philosopher, an astronaut or a doctor. (Supplied)
“Cinderella Jones” performed by Yasmina school challenged stereotypes and encouraged little girls to not wait for a prince charming to “save” them. Present day Cinderella can choose to be anyone she wants to be – a philosopher, an astronaut or a doctor. (Supplied)

The leading education provider in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain has previously raised funds in support of children in need across Somalia, to help build a school library for a school of 500 Ethiopian orphans.

Choreographer Avalon Orr (L) with Musical Director Helen Kerr (R) of Yasmina. “It was incredible watching these cheeky young adults develop into doing something this substantial and work hard,” remarked Kerr. (Supplied)
Choreographer Avalon Orr (L) with Musical Director Helen Kerr (R) of Yasmina. “It was incredible watching these cheeky young adults develop into doing something this substantial and work hard,” remarked Kerr. (Supplied)

They also held a similar event to support Nepalese orphans following the country’s devastating earthquake in 2015, and for the Children’s Special Care Center in Abu Dhabi.