In the presence of Her
Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, Qatar
Foundation Chairperson, the 4th Reach
Out To Asia (ROTA) Gala Dinner & Charity Auction raised 13 million
USD to support ROTA education projects in troubled Asian communities.
4th Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner (Photo: Business Wire)
ROTA is a Qatari-based non-profit organization that empowers local
communities by providing access to quality primary and secondary
education for youth affected by crisis across Asia and the Middle East.
The glittering event at Doha’s Katara Cultural Village welcomed 500
international VIPs, dignitaries and celebrities alongside the supporting
Qatari society. Bringing a splash of glamour to the evening were HRH
Prince Waleed bin Talal and his spouse HRH Princess Amira Al Taweel,
Austrian President and his spouse, Hayat Al Fahed, Hussein Al Jassmi,
Nawal, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Djamel Bouras, Khaled Mouzanar, Bader Jaffar;
and Olympic Decathlon Gold Medallist, Bryan Clay from the US. Master of
Ceremonies was 5-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks.
Gala Dinner guests were introduced to Shahzad, one of 3,000 Pakistani
youth who participated in ROTA’s ‘Generation Amazing’ football
development program in partnership with Qatar2022 bid committee, who
delivered an emotional speech recounting his experiences gained from
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdalla Al Thani, ROTA Ambassador commented in his
recorded testimonial shown at the event, on the role that ROTA plays in
empowering the youth: “I achieve my personal goals through natural
ambition and by giving myself the right tools to fulfill those aims. In
the same way, ROTA believes and recognizes that youth are the vehicles
of change for our communities.”
ROTA Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani presented the
ROTA Lifetime Achievement Award to His Excellency Abdulla bin Hamad Al
Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister, in recognition of his outstanding
dedication and commitment to Qatar’s progress.
H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassah commented, “ROTA is proud to honor H.E.
Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Attiyah for his ceaseless efforts on behalf
of the people of Qatar. His Excellency is a shining example to us and a
proof that hard work, dedication and a bold vision can create a stable,
prosperous and progressive society.”
UAE singer-composer and UN Ambassador At Large, Hussein Al Jassmi and
Grammy Award-winning Korean soprano Sumi Jo gave superlative
performances to entertain the privileged audience.
Bringing the 4th ROTA Gala Dinner to a spectacular conclusion was a
Charity Auction managed by world famous auction house Sotheby’s and
conducted by Lord Poltimore Sotheby's Europe Deputy Chairman.
Altruistic guests took the opportunity to purchase several unique
auction items including a Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Edition, a set
of astonishing earrings donated personally by actress Angelina Jolie,
VIP tickets for the FC Barcelona versus Real Madrid ‘El Clasico’
football match and works of art by acclaimed artists Richard Serra,
Damien Hirst, Cai Guo Qiang, Matthew Day Jackson and Yousaf Ahmad. In
addition, a work of art by children with special needs from Qatar’s Al
Koora Art project was auctioned off.
“In just six years, ROTA projects have provided 50,000 students with
a quality education, created 7,000+ jobs, built or rehabilitated 406
schools and helped 1.5 million community members in 10 countries. Funds
raised tonight will enable ROTA to continue working with partners,
volunteers, and local communities to ensure thousands of children across
Asia receive their basic human right of primary and secondary
education,” said ROTA Director, Mr. Essa Al Mannai
The 4th ROTA Gala Dinner enjoyed the support of leading
Qatari corporations: Msheireb Properties as the event Gold Sponsor,
Qatar Petroleum as the Silver Sponsor, and Qatar Vinyl Company Limited
as the Bronze Sponsor.
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