DOHA: Representatives of The Youth Company (TYC) and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) have embarked on a week-long visit to the Philippines to personally distribute donations raised during the third Run The World (RTW) Festival held last month at Katara Beach.
The donations were collected at the RTW charity campaign held in partnership with Qatar Charity, in order to support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which claimed over 6,000 lives, injured more than 27,000, left nearly 1,800 missing, and forced 3.9 million from their homes.
QMA’s Community Outreach Manager, Mohamed Farid, and TYC’s Deputy CEO, Abdulrahman Sajid, journeyed to Manila, Northern Cebu and Tacloban, the major cities of the Philippines and the areas where most of the victims affected by the typhoon have found shelter. They also visited refugee camps in the province of Cebu.
During the week-long visit, Farid and Sajid were given the chance to interact first-hand with the communities that were affected, hearing their stories and aiding them with more than two tons of donations of clothing, supplies, funds and other materials that were collected during the three-day festival.
“The coastal regions were the most affected areas, and though the storm hit more than almost two months ago, the wreckage still engulfs the terrain. It could take more than months, years, to repair the damage; what used to be the homes of countless people. Whatever aid can be given at this difficult period will be greatly appreciated by the affected community,” said a guide at the Cebu camp.
The goal to raise donations and funds for Filipino community is one that makes the third edition of RTW unique and more than a regional youth sports festival. Initiated in year 2011, RTW festival chiefly explores themes of healthy and active lifestyles for youth all around the Mena region, but also encourages youth to be actively responsible citizens within their own and global communities, such as participation in charity campaigns and drives.
TYC aims to further engage young people in similar activation, and will be organising a cultural exchange and volunteering program later in 2014 for its hardest working members to participate in within the Philippines.
“RTW is an exciting platform for games, competitions, performances, and various other activities, but it is also meant to be a life-changing experience for young people, in terms of cultural interaction, and above all, community outreach. The journey we’ve taken here to the Philippines, being in these communities, witnessing their hardships, and to be able to lend a hand to them is an unforgettable experience, and we look forward to getting more youths involved as well in supporting this disaster for the new year,” said Farid at the Cebu camp.
“We would like to express a thanks to all of our esteemed sponsors and partners for aiding us in this huge success, especially to our charity partner, Qatar Charity for supporting TYC in this campaign for the Philippines. We are thrilled to finally be here in the Philippines to complete the mission, and hope that we will be able to carry out many more global campaigns such as this one in 2014,” said Sajid.