Posted on May 17, 2015

The Doha Hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), hosted a day-long event of engaging activities for children affected by cancer and other long-term illnesses, in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the principal public healthcare provider for Qatar, on Saturday, May 16.

Commenting on the event, Hira Ahmed, Curator at the Doha Hub of the Global Shapers Community, stated: “Global Shapers are committed to improving the state of the world, and believe this can be achieved by addressing challenges and opportunities within their own communities. Since the Hub’s inception in 2011 by His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Founding Curator and ongoing advisor to the Hub, we have collaborated on different activities contributing to education and economic development throughout society. Spending time with these children has not only been a rewarding experience, but an inspiration to continue our efforts.”

The event, which gathered close to 30 children between the ages of 5 and 10, along with their parents, reflects the belief that all young people should be able to experience happiness and joy. During the day-long event, children took part in a wide range of activities, which included an art workshop, a live magic show as well as engaging board games. The variety of activities offered resulted from partnerships with Children’s Way, a kid’s entertainment, party and event planning specialist, Event Developers, and students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ).

The Doha Hub of the Global 2 [].jpgMr. Ali Abdulla Al Khater, Executive Director of the Corporate Communications Department at Hamad Medical Corporation, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of children and putting a smile on their faces is one of the most meaningful ways of contributing to our world.”

With more than 5,300 Shapers engaged across 416 hubs, the Global Shapers Community works toward tangible impact and lasting change in communities around the globe. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal earlier this month, Shapers across the world mobilized to raise the funds that will facilitate reconstruction and anew development. The Doha Hub of the Global Shapers Community has been equally committed; last year, it organized Shape MENA 2014, a conference gathering over 100 Shapers from across the region to discuss both economic growth and job creation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), held at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) over the course of two days.

Partnerships are central to initiatives of the Global Shapers Community worldwide, leveraging resources across sectors, and strengthening communal ties. Without the generous support of Hamad Medical Corporations and its Social Activities Department this event would not have been possible. Communities remain at the forefront of development in Qatar and elsewhere.