Qatar Charity (QC), in collaboration with Qatar Sandstormers and Qatar Cycling Centre, has launched an initiative under the title “Cyclists for Education”.
The initiative aims to mobilise support for charity work and awareness of the importance of sports through different local and out-of-state events, by sponsoring a number of such events and raising donations for educational projects.
The agreement was signed by Nasser Mohamed al-Yafei, executive director for Local Development at QC, and Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari, general manager of Qatar Cycling Centre and head of Qatar Cyclists.
The initiative involves the teams of Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers volunteering to support an educational project worth around QR5mn by participating in GBI Europe 2015, which will involve 35 cyclists, including 20 Qataris, who will take part in an 800km cycling race over seven days (around 120km per day), cross four European countries and climb to a height of up to 7,000m. The race will start from Venice, Italy, and finish in Stuttgart, Germany.
The GBI Global Initiative for cycling includes hundreds of cyclists from more than 20 countries around the world, who act as volunteers serving charitable projects of their choice, backed by corporate sponsorship.
This year, the cyclists have chosen a project to build a secondary school for girls in Gaza based on a belief in the importance of education, particularly in areas where children face challenges and difficulties impeding their access to the education that is essential for the advancement of their communities.
“The signing of this agreement comes as part of QC’s desire to support charity and sports simultaneously, particularly within Qatari society, where there is a significant need to spread sports consciousness,” said al-Yafei.
Al-Kuwari praised the project, noting that the Qatar Cyclists team includes around 70 riders, all keen on charitable work, with 20 cyclists aged between 18 and 58 years taking part in this event. He described the idea as “beautiful, wonderful and noble” and wished success to the participants.
Qatar Sandstormers team leader Maarouf Tarrad expressed pleasure and happiness at his team’s co-operation with QC for the sake of sports and humanitarian work.
The construction and furnishing of the secondary school in the Shaimaa area, northern Gaza Strip, is valued at QR5.38mn. The project meets a number of important goals, including improving the educational quality of the area, providing secondary education for girls in Beit Lahiya and the Bedouin village in the northern Gaza Strip, creating a suitable educational and learning environment, including scientific laboratories, in addition to basic utilities and supplies necessary for the success of the educational process. It will provide secure and easy-to-access secondary education services to around 1,920 female students annually.
The project will also help ease the economic burden on the families of the students.