LONDON, June 7, (KUNA): Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has decorated head of Kuwait Association for Children in Hospital (KACCH) Margaret Al-Sayer with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her distinguished role in voluntary action and helping children.
Al-Sayer received on Thursday the Order from Britain’s Prince Charles, on behalf of the Queen, during a special ceremony held at Buckingham Palace in central London. Speaking to KUNA and the Kuwait TV following the honoring on Thursday, Al-Sayer said that it was a great honor for her to receive the Order from Prince Charles for efforts exerted by several people, including her husband Dr Hilal Al-Sayer, in this field over 30 years.
The honoring is for children and their families, and a great accolade for her for what has been exerted in this field over several years, she noted. She recalled efforts by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah in supporting humanitarian and charitable actions across the world, referring to the UN honoring of His Highness the Amir as a “Humanitarian Leader” in this regard.
There were contributions by Kuwaitis of different ages for providing care for children who need help, she pointed out. She urged the Kuwaiti young people to be patient in order to achieve their dreams, and carry out their projects and hobbies. She also appealed to the Kuwaiti youth to continue helping others, mainly children who are suffering from incurable diseases. Al-Sayer had adopted, 30 years ago, an idea to set up a specialized center to provide care for children who are suffering from incurable diseases so as to alleviate their pain before death away from atmospheres of hospitals.
The levcenter is called Bayt Abdullah Children Hospice, in reference to a child, Abdullah, who returned to Kuwait in 1989 from London after a period of treatment, but he had a hopeless case
By Khaled Al-Daihani