Posted on October 04, 2014

Twelve young climbers have volunteered to try and raise funds for schools in Palestine by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. They will be mentored and led by the official ambassador of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, who is a seasoned mountaineer and the first Qatari to scale Mount Everest. The Title sponsor of this initiative is ElJaish Sports Club. Qatar National Bank ( QNB) as the Gold Sponsor, and Qatar Financial Center as the Platinum sponsor. Following a period of rigorous preparation, ROTA’s ‘Elevate to Educate’ challenge will commence on 2 October 2014 and last for nine days. At over 5,800 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

“We are incredibly proud of the team and will support them every step of the way,” said ROTA’s Executive Director, Essa Al Mannai.“For the next 7 days, the volunteers will be training very hard to succeed in this challenge and help secure quality education for their brothers and sisters in Palestine. Children suffering the consequences of poverty and conflict deserve our assistance, and we at ROTA will do everything in our power to help them.”

Elevate to Educate El Jaish Sports Club 2 m[].jpgDr. Thani Bin Abdel Rahman Al Kuwari, General Manager of Al Jaish club, said: “We always look forward towards supporting Qatari youth in sports, not only to ensure their success, but also as a humanitarian cause in their support to their brothers in Palestine.” He also admitted that Al Jaish club responsibility is to assure the importance of education for people, especially in countries that suffer from poverty and turmoil, “hence, we decided to provide support to ROTA in its battle against poverty and mission in facilitating education to the children of Gaza.”

The young volunteers are Mohammed Fakhro, Mohammed Al-Naama, Aisha Ahmed Al-Naama, Yacoub Al Yacoub, Bashaer Al Mulla, Dana Al-Anzy, Noor Al Thani, Nasser Bin Marzooq, Bader Al Madani, Masoud Kalafchi, Raed Zidan, Asma Al Thani, Shaima Sherif, and Sultan Al Thani. “Investing in the education of children in Palestine is investing in hope: hope that there will be a future,” said Mohammed Fakhro, ROTA Volunteer.

The group is confident that, alongside their family and friends, the entire community will come together and support their efforts to provide a better future for some of the world’s most deprived children. Donating is easy and full details are provided below. HE Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said: “I have dedicated many climbs to charitable causes, but Elevate to Educate is the first of its kind for me. Not only will I be leading a group of inspirational young climbers on the adventure of a lifetime – we will be working together with ROTA to enable a brighter tomorrow for some of the world’s most deprived children.”

“Education is the only reliable path to peace and gives cause for hope in conflict zones across the world. Despite this, a shockingly small amount of global humanitarian aid is earmarked for educational initiatives, which is why ROTA’s work is so important. I’m very proud to be part of such an ambitious project and can’t wait to get started with the team.” The initiative is sponsored by El Jaish Sports Club as the Title Sponsor, in addition to Qatar Financial Centre and Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum as Platinum Sponsors. Gold Sponsors include Qatar National Bank, Zidane Real Estate, Qatar Academy, Qatar International School, and Al Jazeera Academy.

How to Donate


Text:  Donate 10 riyals for Gaza and send E2E to 92678

For more information on the initiative please check the following link: