Stars Gathered In Dubai For a Charity Dinner In Support Of The Children’s Cancer Center in Lebanon


On November 8th 2021, some of the most renowned Arab and international stars gathered in Dubai at the star-studded charity gala dinner that was held Thursday, November 4, at the Coca Cola Arena, in support of the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon in the presence of Rima Fakih Slaiby, CCCL’s ambassador for the second year in a row.
The CCCL’s mission is to provide access to quality treatment and much needed support to children and adolescents with cancer in Lebanon and the region, with an average cure rate of 80%.

The event was hosted by Hisham Haddad and showcased performances of various stars like Mohamed Ramadan, Massari, Balqees Fathi, Ali Gatie, Maysa Kara’a, Issam Alnajjar, Guy Manoukian, Elyanna and Mohammed Assaf, who sang their hearts out in support of the CCCL.

Around 900 guests attended the exclusive event at the Coca Cola Arena where Dubai elite and socialites made their way through the red carpet and enjoyed a memorable night of charity and entertainment.

CCCL Chairman, Dr. Cesar Bassim, expressed everyone’s and especially the patients and parents’ appreciation to the guests for their contributions. He thanked the various stars who came from all over the world for their compassion and support.
Dr. Bassim mentioned that CCCL is currently supporting almost 50% of all children and adolescents with cancer in Lebanon and that despite the challenges over the past 2 years, CCCL has increased its capacity by 60% to cope with the increased need; where the yearly budget for the center reaches 15 million USD. The center in Lebanon also provides a variety of psychosocial support programs catering to the wellbeing of the patient and their family all through the stages of treatment. Dr. Bassim also thanked Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qassimi and The Big Heart Foundation for her recent donation of needed medications to CCCL worth around 6 Million Dirhams.

CCCL Ambassador, philanthropist and Miss USA 2010, Mrs. Rima Fakih Slaiby made a stunning appearance accompanied by her husband, music industry executive and philanthropist, Mr. Wassim “Sal” Slaiby and their oldest daughter Rima.
In her speech, Rima emphasized on the importance of helping people, something she is fond about, and shared with guests how cancer doesn’t discriminate and so doesn’t CCCL where it offers FREE treatment to children from all Lebanon. She testified to the CCCL mission through her involvement with the center since 2012. Finally, she thanked the CCCL Board and team for their dedication, the SALXCO team who organized the event’s entertainment program, and her family, especially her husband Wassim Sal Slaiby for supporting her. Guests were in awe of Mrs. Lara Gharzeddine’s testimony where she shared how she battled cancer at 15 years old and how she was able to conquer it thanks to CCCL. Now, almost 19 years later, Lara leads a successful life with her husband in Dubai and is an advocate of childhood cancer.

The event also featured a charity auction by the renowned British international auctioneer Hugh Edmeades who auctioned off 10 lots among them an exclusive and limited edition 2020 super bowl jacket autographed by The Weeknd, the guitar featured in Issam Alnajjar’s famous “Hadal Ahbek” video clip and signed by him, the “I See the Dream” painting that appeared in Massari and Ali Gatie’s video clip, signed by both of them, and more..

Universal Arabic Music

The event was made possible thanks to the support of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) under IACAD License number 4259 in partnership with Universal Arabic Music and Platinum Records, and with the collaboration of Medium media consultancy agency. This event which was covered by the MBC,was sponsored by Taqeef, Choueiri Group, Amana Contracting, Butterfly Social, Sanad Village, Dubai Investments, Entrecote Café de Paris, and several others.

CCCL is a regional center pioneering in the treatment of children with cancer, at no cost to their parents and with complete dependency on donations. Inaugurated in April 2002, CCCL has treated more than 2,600 kids with cancer from all over Lebanon and the region. The average cure rate reaches an amazing 80%, and the treatment usually lasts for 3 years.
To fulfill its lifesaving mission, CCCL’s yearly need is 15 million USD.