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Posted on January 04, 2014

Following the recent conclusion of Run The World (RTW) Festival 2013, representatives of Qatar-based social enterprise, The Youth Company (TYC) and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in partnership with Qatar Charity visited the Philippines to offer Typhoon Haiyan victims in-kind donations and funds collected from RTW's charity campaign. According to a recent report by the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the storm was said to be the worst in the history of the country, claiming the lives of more than 6,000 people, injuring over 27,000, leaving nearly 1,800 missing, and forcing a staggering 3.9 million from their homes.

QMA's Community Outreach Manager Mohamed Farid and TYC's Deputy CEO Abdulrahman Sajid embarked on a week-long journey to Manila, Northern Cebu and Tacloban, the prime cities of the Philippines and the areas where most of the victims affected by the typhoon have found shelter. They also visited the refugee camps in the province of Cebu. During the visit, Farid and Sajid had the chance to interact first-hand with the communities that were affected, hearing their stories and aiding them with more than two tonnes of donations of clothing, supplies, funds and other materials that were collected during the three-day festival at Katara Beach, Doha, which took place between December 19 and 21. 

"The coastal regions were the most affected areas, and though the storm hit more than almost two months ago, the wreckage still engulfs the terrain. It could take more than months, years, to repair the damage; what used to be the homes of countless people. Whatever aid can be given at this difficult period will be greatly appreciated by the affected community," said a guide at the Cebu camp. The goal to raise donations and funds for Filipino community is one that makes the third edition of RTW unique and much more than a regional youth sports festival. 

Initiated in the year 2011, RTW festival chiefly explores themes of healthy and active lifestyles for youth all around the MENA region, but also encourages youth to be actively responsible citizens within their own and global communities, such as participation in charity campaigns and drives. TYC aims to further engage young people in similar activation, and will be organising a cultural exchange and volunteering programme later in 2014 for its hardest working members to participate in the Philippines.

"RTW is an exciting platform for games, competitions, performances, and various other activities, but it is also meant to be a life-changing experience for young people, in terms of cultural interaction, and above all, community outreach", said QMA's Community Outreach Manager Farid at the Cebu camp. The journey we've taken here to the Philippines, being in these communities, witnessing their hardships, and to be able to lend a hand to them is an unforgettable experience, and we look forward to getting more youths involved as well in supporting this disaster for the new year," he added.

As an annual initiative of The Youth Company, in partnership with Qatar Olympic & Sports Museum, under QMA, RTWF 2013 is sponsored by a number of corporate bodies and associations, including Sports Corner, Doha Insurance, Queen Medical, and Nasser Bin Khaled. The event is also supported by Qatar Charity, Al Anis Trading, Qatar Airways, Williams F1, Virgin Megastore, Qatar Sports Leagues, Fitness First, Al Isteklal, Oryx Advertising Co, I Love Qatar, Qatar International Tours, Sound on Wheels, and Coca-Cola. 

The various parties successfully carried out the largest, most anticipated, and most engaging youth festival in the GCC region, welcoming more than 120,000 visitors to participate in its diverse programmes. "We would like to thank all our esteemed sponsors and partners, especially our charity partner, Qatar Charity, for supporting TYC in this campaign for the Philippines. We are here in the Philippines to accomplish a noble mission," Sajid said.

source: Qatar Tribune

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