The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who passed away in 2004. To commemorate this historic national occasion, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates has declared that 2018 will officially be known in the UAE as the Year of Zayed. Consistent with the values of the late Sheikh Zayed, it is intended that the Year of Zayed will involve people of all ages, nationalities, faiths and backgrounds in the UAE and internationally.
In celebration of the Year of Zayed, South African Arts International (SAAI) is coordinating an initiative called The Zayed Mile. This act will be undertaken by Don Victor Mooney, a long time supporter of UAE and it's founding father, Sheikh Zayed. This initiative will consist of a cycling event in New York, which was completed this summer at United Nations Headquarters and another in the UAE. The final cycling event will culminate on UAE 47th Anniversary on December 2, 2018.
Don Victor Mooney received seven national trees called 'Ghaf Tree' from Give a Ghaf program in UAE. Don Mooney is towing these trees by bike from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in honor of Sheikh Zayed vision of uniting all Emirates. A tree planting ceremony will be done in the capital city.
For the last leg of The Zayed Mile - Dubai to Abu Dhabi, we are raising funds to launched Spirit of Malabo Fund. Money raised will go towards economic development, job training and cultural exchange initiatives in Africa and the USA. The administrative offices will be based in New York City and Oyala, Equatorial Guinea.
The highest donor will receive the New York Stare vanity license plate commemorating Year of Zayed.
The campaign runs from November 28 to December 3.