Posted on September 05, 2018

To mark International Day of Charity, Vodafone Qatar celebrated its employees who had undertaken charitable initiatives and encouraged all its employees to give back to the community.  

International Day of Charity is marked annually on the 5th of September and was declared officially by the UN General Assembly in 2012. The day serves to enhance and increase social responsibility amongst us all, solidarity and to increase the public’s support for charitable causes. Under Vodafone Qatar’s Corporate Social Responsibility pillar, its “World of Difference” programme annually funds employees’ charitable work. Most recently, three teams made up of 30 Vodafone Qatar employees, helped cancer patients, aided Filipino workers and collected toys for orphans.

Led by Senior Manager-Security Operations, Anees House, he and his team visited the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) to spend time with the 70 labour workers being treated at the centre and helped them call their families back home with the distribution of free Vodafone SIMS and recharge cards. The team also helped to meet the treatment expenses for the daily visiting patients undergoing follow up treatment. Kabayans for a Cause was Commercial Operations Lead, Con Festin, and her team’s mantra who wanted to help the 100 Filipino workers residing in the labour camps in Industrial area, Al Rayyan and Al Khor. The team distributed120 food packs and grooming kits to the beneficiaries’ representatives which was witnessed by the Philippine Labour Attaché David Des Dicang and more than 50 members of the Bayanihan group at the Philippine Overseas Labour Office.

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Head of Mid-Value Segments, Siddique Ahmed, and his team created Toys4Smile, a digital portal that allows people to request the donation of their toys and then tracks where the toys were sent. The team also handled collecting and packaging the toys then shipping them to Pakistan where a chosen partner, SOS Children’s Village, the World’s largest nongovernmental organisation dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children, distributed them to 14 orphanages that benefitted more than 150 children.

“Charity is important as it allows us to reach out into wider society, and help those that are in need of our support so it gives me great pride to see our employees selflessly volunteering to do good for the community. As a company, we are in a unique position to have so many amazing employees that everyday reflect the Vodafone spirit. Empowering employees to do good and supporting employee charity initiatives is one of our core beliefs at Vodafone,” said Khames Al Naimi, Chief Human Resources Officer, Vodafone Qatar.  

Vodafone Qatar launched their employee volunteering programme in 2015 and has since seen many of their employees put in hundreds of volunteering hours both in Qatar and abroad. Vodafone’s corporate volunteering scheme allows its employees to take two days paid leave every year to participate in volunteering activities.