Doha: Qatar Airways announced yesterday that it is supporting a team of local cyclists, the Qatar Sandstormers, by flying them to take part in the 2014 Global Biking Initiative Charity Ride across four European countries.
The team, partnering with the Sheikh Eid Charity Foundation, will cycle from Budapest to Munich during the one week event, covering 650km to raise awareness and funds to support their cause.
The team of 16 amateur cyclists will cycle more than 100km a day travelling along the Danube River from Budapest to Munich, and will be raising money for the Beitak Beiti Initiative, to support 200 disadvantaged families in Qatar with basic household necessities.
The Sandstormers will represent Qatar at the Global Biking Initiative which brings together more than 400 cyclists from 25 countries for an annual charity ride across Europe in the summer. Each country team is required to raise a minimum amount of funds for worthy causes in their home countries.
The Sandstormers are the only charity cycling team in Qatar that is sponsored by Qatar Airways. This year, the national airline is supporting the team’s travel arrangements to and from Europe. “Qatar continues to nurture and produce sportspeople dedicated to competing on the world stage and to developing in their chosen professional field. It’s even more heartening to see some of our local athletes competing overseas for charity to support a very worthy cause back home. Qatar Airways remains proud of its long tradition of supporting local sportspeople and major sporting events and we all wish the Sandstormers the very best on their journey,” said Ehab Amin, Qatar Airways Vice-President Commercial – Qatar.
The Qatar Sandstormers, led by local cyclist Marouf Mahmoud, pledges to raise QR200,000 for the Beitak Beiti Initiative. “We are very pleased to be supporting Beitak Beiti once again this year. While we have challenged ourselves by doubling our pledge to QAR200,000 this year, we have been humbled by our generous sponsors’ support and the returning in-kind support of Qatar Airways and Vodafone Qatar,” said Mahmoud.