Posted on September 25, 2015

Pinoy Lente Qatar (PLQ), one of the most active Filipino photography clubs in the country, has conducted a series of donation drives for distressed Filipino workers and victims of the devastating fire that broke out in a labour camp in Industrial Area recently. Thirty-nine distressed Filipinos temporarily housed in Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO-OWWA) and about 420 fire victims in a labour camp in Al Shahaniya received food items from the group. The charity drive was spearheaded by PLQ President Victor Mervin Magnipes while some officials of the group took part in the distribution of the goods. 

PLQ holds donation campaign 2 [].jpgAccording to Magnipes, the food packs distributed comprised fruits, biscuits and water. He added the charity drive was part of their ongoing initiatives aimed at extending assistance to expats in need, primarily Filipino nationals. Just recently, the group visited the fire victims and handed over food, used clothes and other items. About 54 Filipinos and around 25 from other nationalities received the donations. Magnipes said they would continue to include in their regular activities similar reach out initiatives.

"We would like to extend our appreciation to the support and guidance of Philippine Embassy Doha through Ambassador HE Wilfredo Santos and other officials. We would also like to inform benevolent residents that we are still accepting donations for other fire victims located in Al Rayyan," he added. PLQ was formed in 2011 for photography enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals. The group aims to support and guide people having passion for photography and nurture their talent.