The ‘Lebanon in Our Hearts’ fundraising campaign raised over QR94mn until late last night as Qatari citizens and organisations continued to donate generously on the second day of the drive aimed at helping the Beirut blast victims.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had donated QR50mn to the fundraising drive on the first day on Friday.
Yesterday was Day 2 of the fundraising campaign, which was run live on Qatar TV from 9pm until after midnight. A total sum of QR94,052,940 was raised until the end of yesterday's proceedings.
The campaign will continue and donations can be made through Qatar Charity (QC) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), it was announced.
Organised by the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities in co-operation with QC and QRCS, the funds raised through the initiative will be utilised to help the Lebanese people who have been affected by the tragic explosions that struck the port of Beirut. The campaign is in line with the position of the State of Qatar towards the Lebanese people.
A number of religious scholars, humanitarian activists and representatives of local charity organisations were guests of the programme who encouraged people to extend their helping hand towards their brothers in Lebanon during this difficult time.
Among the major donors yesterday were: QNB - QR2mn, Ooredoo - QR1mn, International Islamic Bank - QR1mn, Masraf Al Rayyan - QR1.5mn, Nasser bin Rashid Sarai al-Kaabi - QR1mn, Alfardan Group - QR1mn, Jaidah Group - QR500,000 and Al Darwish United Company - QR 500,000.
Qatar Airways, in co-operation with talabat, Qatar Charity and Monoprix, pledged to send a planeload of food supplies, with donations open through the talabat app.
A number of other companies also contributed to the noble cause.
Ibrahim Abdallah al-Maliki, executive director of QRCS, said the Lebanon aid programme is divided into three stages: urgent response, early revival, and reconstruction, with a preliminary estimate of QR50mn needed in the first stage, subject to change.
Joining the effort, children also donated various amounts. Besides, a large number of philanthropists and generous people, who did not want to be named, contributed sums of money ranging from a million riyals to a few thousands.
Several community organisations, including those representing the Lebanese, Palestinian, Sudanese, Syrian, Yemeni, Somali and Egyptian communities in Qatar, also donated various amounts raised from their respective compatriots.