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Celebrations included various fund-raising auctions and charitable initiatives, further emphasizing the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Highlighting the excitement among the employees in the company's Dubai office, Sobia Rahman, Western Union's Regional Vice President for the Gulf, Pakistan and Afghanistan, said, "Western Union has a long history of giving. We have been actively engaged in social initiatives and campaigns through the Western Union Foundation, which since its inception has given almost $72m to help millions of people in 105 countries. 160 years of successful business operations is a phenomenal achievement and there couldn't have been a better way to celebrate it than through charitable giving."
Western Union's employees in Dubai organized a "Western Union Master Chef" competition and the food prepared by the employees representing different ethnicities was put on sale and funds raised were donated to Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs. The team also spent half a day with these extremely talented children, joining them in singing, drawing and painting, apart from helping them with physical education and computer lessons, among other activities.
Jean Claude Farah, Western Union's Senior Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, said, "We help move money for a better life, for education, for health, and to fulfill dreams. We help our customers to send money to their loved ones across the world within minutes and hence the very essence of our business makes a huge difference in the world. It was important to us that we celebrate 160 years of our history with by giving back to the community. This is the essence of Western Union - what we do goes beyond business; we have changed lives and we make a difference in the world, and that's what we are truly proud of."