Philippine Ambassador Crescente R Relacion (right) receiving the cheque from General-Secretary of Qatar Football Association, Saoud Mohannadi (second left), at Al Bidda Tower in Doha yesterday. Deputy CEO of Qatar Stars League, Hani Ballan (left) and Ahmed Mohammed Al Mannai of Al Ahli Sports Club are also present. Kammutty VP
DOHA: The Qatar Stars League (QSL) match between Al Ahli and Al Khor last Friday raised QR245,760, which was donated to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.
Representatives from the Qatar Stars League, the Qatar Football Association and Al Ahli Sports Club presented the cheque to Philippine Ambassador Crescente R Relacion yesterday Al Bidda Tower.
Hani Ballan, Deputy CEO of the QSL, was joined by Saoud Mohannadi, General-Secretary of the QFA, Ahmed Mohammed Al Mannai of Al Ahli Sports Club and Ambassador Relacion at the event.
The money was raised as the QSL’s largest crowd of the season – 6,690 – came out in force for the 2-2 draw between Al Ahli and Al Khor. The event was deemed a success thanks to the hard work and dedication of Nasser Yakoub, Al Ahli’s Audience and Marketing manager.
The club donated every penny in ticket sales — a total of QR66,960.
They raised an extra 15,000 through half-time events, generating a total of QR81,960. The QSL agreed to match this number, with the QFA’s contribution taking the total to QR245,760.
“This is a proud day for the QSL and everyone involved in football in Qatar. We are proud to have met with the ambassador of the Philippines and we are happy to have been able to help,” said Ballan.
“This gesture is symbolic of the social responsibility the Qatar Stars League has towards the people of our country and the people close to them. Football is the most popular sport in the world and it is very important to be able to use its power to give something back to a country that has been devastated, the way the Philippines was last month.
“In Qatar we are used to carrying out these sorts of initiatives to help people who are in severe need of our support. We will continue to do this.”
Ambassador Relacion spoke with emotion as he accepted the sum of money on behalf of his compatriots.
“The Philippines government is so grateful to the Qatar Stars League, the Qatar Football Association, Al Ahli Sports Club and the Qatari government for their support to our people.
“We must thank the Emir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Ahmad Al Thani for his benevolent support in the last few weeks directing all charitable organisations in Qatar raising money for our cause. Qatar has been with us the whole time in this moment of need. It is not the first time Qatar has supported us when we have needed it most.”
Meanwhile, Ahli Bank yesterday donated QR100,000 to the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Philippine Embassy.
Ambassador Relacion received the cheque from the Executive Manager, Gov. Relation & Corp. Affairs at Ahli Bank, Shafi Al Shafi, at the Philippine Embassy.