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Oman's diplomatic ladies raise funds for children with disabilities

Muscat: Over 20 embassies came together on Saturday for the Diplomatic Charity Bazaar which raised money for the Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children.

The Ambassadors' Wives Group event, which was inaugurated by Her Highness Sayyida Muna bint Fahad Al Said, featured food stalls and handicrafts as well as performances by different cultural groups such as Sri Lankan and Lebanese school children and young Palestinian men. There was also a raffle draw which raised money for the charity.

"We have to look after the less privileged communities that are suffering. We have to support them. We have worked on this bazaar and all the ladies have helped with passion," said Manar Massrieh, wife of the Palestinian ambassador and president of the bazaar's organising committee.

For Sri Lankan Airlines, the company which donated the top raffle prize of a round trip ticket to Colombo and four nights' hotel stay, it was both a time to encourage the people in Oman to visit Sri Lanka, and a chance to support a good cause. "It's a great opportunity for me to donate all these proceeds to the handicapped people. We have to take care of this part of the population," said Lakshman Weerasooriya, Sri Lankan Airlines country manager for Oman.

Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz, ambassador of Germany to Oman, said the event was a common effort of the diplomatic ladies, and therefore, it was important to be a part of it.

His wife Ina oversaw the German table, which had a variety of sweets, jams and jellies, and German toys and decorations for sale.

"We can show some charity in a time when everyone has their pockets open," he said, referring to the Christmas season.

"The Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children is the recipient and we are very happy to contribute to that with some of the products from Germany," he added.