Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers take part in global cycling event for Education

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Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers take part in global cycling event for Education

6/11/2015 | One heart

Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers take part in global cycling event for Education

Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers raise money for charity and take part in the Global Biking Initiative.

Starting on June 7 in the Italian city of Venice and ending in Stuttgart, Germany, seven days later, the Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers will ride 800 kilometers through four European countries; Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, gaining 7,000 meters in elevation as the riders pass through the Alps.

Participation in the ride is part of raising awareness for “Cyclists for Education” initiative that was signed between Qatar Charity , Qatar Cyclists and the Qatar Sandstormers. The initiative aims to raise QAR 5 million for Rebuilding a Girls School in Gaza for over 900 students .

Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers have raised monies by approaching sponsors, which this year include Tasweeq, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Vodafone, Qatar Airways, Qatar Gas, Amwaj, Qatar Financial Center, Al Ruwais and Aspire Zone Foundation. The initiative is also supported by Sora Marine and Damen Shipyards Group.

The cyclists will represent Qatar Charity and sponsors and will give a presentation on the importance of the educational project and the need to support humanitarian work in general, encouraging all those interested in sport to participate in charitable work to all participants of the Global Biking Initiative, this year from over 22 countries and over 400 cyclists participating.

The Cycling for Education Initiative will raise money for the construction of a secondary school for girls in Gaza. The project cost is estimated at QAR 5,000,000 and comes within the framework of QC’s belief in the importance of education, particularly in areas where children face challenges and difficulties impeding their access to education which is essential for the advancement of their communities.

To date, the cyclists have raised more than QAR 500,000. The Initiative will be supported by the Cyclists over the next three years in which the monies to be collected will support the construction phases of the project..

The Global Biking Initiative involves over 400 riders from more than 22 countries around the world, who voluntarily serve charitable projects of their choice, via corporate sponsorship that is converted into financial support for charitable projects.

“This event is commendable and the custodians deserve to be seen as role models, for spending both their time and effort on humanitarian work, which is today often hampered by barriers such as natural disasters and armed conflict, ignorance and poverty, requiring the support of those with big hearts,” said Mr. Abdulnaser Alzaher Alyafei, Executive director for Local Development at Qatar Charity.

“We in Qatar Charity have been extending our hands for a long time to extend humanitarian support and we are proud of this project and of the relationship that brings us together today with Qatar Cyclists and Qatar Sandstormers, which we hope will be expanded in order to establish more charitable and humanitarian projects,” added  Alyafei.

Alyafei ended his speech by saying: “Sport today is welcomed into almost every home, making it the perfect medium by which we can reach people’s hearts and spread QC’s noble message.”

Dana Haidan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Vodafone Qatar said: “We are so proud of The Qatar Sandstormers’ achievements and what they’ve done to help disadvantaged families in Qatar"

"The Qatar Sandstormers started their journey in 2012 as a group of Vodafone employees who wanted to combine their passion for cycling with their passion for helping others" She continued.

"Today, they are supported by the community and have been joined by equally passionate people from other corporates in Qatar. Empowering employees to do good and supporting employee charity initiatives is one of our core beliefs at Vodafone,” She concluded.


Qatargas has also expressed its support for the «Cyclists for Education» initiative launched by Qatar Charity in collaboration with Qatar Sandstormars and Qatar Cyclists teams, noting that their support for this initiative is part of Qatargas sponsorship throughout the year for the «Qatar Cyclists» team, who are a distinct group of Qatari citizens and wish to promote philanthropy through cycling.


Mr. Abdullah Al Saady, Administration Director at Amwaj contributed: "In keeping with corporate social responsibility and understanding the importance of supporting local sports to enhance the reputation of Qatar as a center of sporting excellence, AMWAJ signed a full year agreement with QATAR CYCLISTS, the third in the sports sector this year. The first being “1st Qatar International Taekwondo Championship” and the second was “Qatar American Football team (MAD CAMELS)”.

Mr. Alsaady added: "The company has shouldered to support sporting events and activities taking it as national duty towards the society and in an effort to create an effective partnership with the sports bodies, clubs and sports federations to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030".

Yousef Fakhroo, Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications for the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), said: “The QFC is a proud sponsor of Qatar Sandstormers’ latest cycle ride to raise money for building a school in Gaza. We have followed their story from the very beginning and support their efforts to help disadvantaged communities. We believe that great success comes from great support, which is why we are happy to support Qatar Sandstormers' valuable mission."


QC launched the Cyclists for Education in cooperation with Qatar Sandstormers in a bid to mobilize support for the work of the charity, in addition to raising the awareness of society of the importance of sport, via events held across the State, with the proceeds going towards educational projects.

The agreement was signed by QC Executive Director for Local Development, Nasser Mohammed Al Yafei and Director General of the Qatar Centre for Bicycles and Team Leader of Qatar Cyclists, Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari

The secondary school will be located in Shaimaa in the northern Gaza Strip, helping improve the educational rate of the area, providing secondary education for students from Beit Lahiya and Bedouin villages in the north Gaza Strip, by creating a suitable learning environment for them, via services such as scientific laboratories and basic supplies necessary for the success of the educational process. It also provides safe and easy to access secondary education services to some 1920 girl students a year from the target area in the northern Gaza Strip