Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) recently concluded the fifth edition of 'Together for Benevolence', an annual charitable giving programme for expatriate workers in Qatar.
Since its launch in 2014, the programme has been sponsored exclusively by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Qatar (Chevron Phillips Chemical Qatar), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading petrochemical producers.
This year, winterisation kits were distributed among a total of 3,088 construction workers at worksites. Each kit contained basic supplies needed by workers during winter, including gloves, caps, socks, scarves and jackets.
Inspired by QRCS's institutional values and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the programme targeted eligible workers without any discrimination based on factors such as faith, language or ethnicity, the organisation said in a statement.
Winterisation kits were distributed among a total of 3,088 construction workers
The initiative was closely co-ordinated with organisations such as the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Al Wakrah Municipality.
Over two weeks, QR463,226 worth of winterisation kits were distributed at the following locations: HMC’s new Trauma and Emergency Department building (1,250 beneficiaries), a mass housing complex for Al Wakrah Municipality workers (450), Al Shamal Hospital (988) and Al Bandar at Doha Corniche (400), QRCS said.
QRCS’s volunteers played a key role in making this programme a success by contributing at each of the distribution sites. The number of volunteers at each site was 13, 9, 10 and 18, respectively.
In his remarks, Ahmed Ali al-Khulaifi, head of the Volunteers Section at QRCS, said: “The aim of this project is to promote human solidarity and boost morale among expatriate workers, who are one of our top priorities in Qatar. We always seek to make a real difference in the lives of those who build the modern Qatar we love."
He appreciated the support given by Chevron Phillips Chemical Qatar to the programme over its five years of success. This, he pointed out, highlighted the belief in partnership and corporate social responsibility towards social causes.
Abdullah Hamed al-Mulla, director of Communication at QRCS, attended one of the distribution initiatives together with officials from Chevron Phillips Chemical Qatar and their families.
“Throughout its five-year history, ‘Together for Benevolence’ has proved to be one of QRCS’s major sustainable development programmes,” said al-Mulla. “Chevron Phillips Chemical Qatar and QRCS share the same endeavour of helping the vulnerable everywhere.”
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to invest in the community here through our work with QRCS,” said Mitchell P Eichelberger, president, Chevron Phillips Chemical Qatar. “Working side by side with QRCS volunteers to distribute these winterisation kits is a humbling and rewarding experience for us.”