Doha: More than 300 people came forward to participate a unique charity event organised by Hyatt Plaza shopping mall in cooperation with the Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Al Thani Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF).
Fast-a-thon took place in the mall’s food court and proceeds will be donated to needy African people. The event was for non-Muslims and every person who experienced fasting.
Hyatt Plaza and RAF will donate QR200 each on their behalf to the poor people of Africa.
Iftar was also hosted at Hyatt Plaza food court yesterday.
“It was a little hard to spend a day without food and water. In fact, harder than I thought. But I am happy that I succeeded in completing the fast. I did it for a noble cause and that’s gratifying,” said Maria, a Filipino who participated in Fast-a-thon.
Participants shared experiences about fasting for a day. The evening also offered family surprises, including free henna painting, face painting for kids and free health checkups by Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).
“For the past four years, Fast-a-thon has provided relief to thousands of deprived people in various parts of the world,” said Feroz Moideen, General Manager, Hyatt Plaza.
“The main purpose of Fast-a-thon is not just to help others, but also to sense ourselves what it feels like when a child or mother is hungry and thirsty,” he added.
“On behalf of RAF, I would like to Thank Hyatt Plaza for organising the event and demonstrating that the private sector can play an important role in helping society and giving back to the needy,” said Dr Mohammed Salah Ibrahim, Executive Manager, RAF
The charity event was organised by Hyatt Plaza for the fifth consecutive year, and every year proceeds have been donated to a country — flood victims in Pakistan (2010), people in Somalia (2011), Niger (2012) and Syrian refugees (2013).
Moideen thanked RAF and PHCC for supporting Fast-a-thon 2014. “We will continue to make every possible effort to fulfil our social obligations,” he said. Moideen and Dr Ibrahim also presented certificates of appreciation to participants for supporting the event.