Build-A-Bear Workshop raises $2,600 for autism
Manama, August 21, 2013
Build-A-Bear Workshop, a brand where children make their very own stuffed toys, has raised BD1,000 ($2,641) for autism in partnership with charitable organisations in the local community in Bahrain.
This GCC-wide initiative saw the brand tie up with Alia for Early Intervention, a centre for children with behaviour and communication disorders in the kingdom, and generated donations through the sales of its Champ Bear.
“The Build-A-Bear Workshop creed is to make a difference in all the communities where we operate. Through the kindness of our guests, and our partnerships with local charities, we always aim to operate as a socially responsible entity that engages with society and gives as well as receives,” said Paul Marks, general manager.
A percentage of proceeds from sales, and in particular Champ Bear, have been donated to charitable organisations involved with autism research, and care and intervention for those with autism throughout Ramadan.
“Autism is a very important issue that is as relevant in the GCC as it is worldwide, and we are delighted to be able to contribute towards fund raising and support through our partners and guests. Ramadan was a particularly fitting time for this drive as it encourages charity, reflection, kindness and community-mindedness,” said Paul Marks, general manager.
“We sincerely appreciate the support and compassion from Build-A-Bear Workshop. It has been a profound experience to work with them and we hope to maintain this relationship in the future,” said Sheikha Rania Bint Ali Al Khalifa, secretary general Bahrain Society for Children. - TradeArabia News Service