Posted on July 07, 2014

The RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) Sunduk Al Kheir charity fund donated a total of QAR 1.5 million to two very deserving beneficiaries, the Social Development Centre (SDC) and ‘Sponsor a Student’.

The funds were raised at the company’s ninth Annual Charity Golf Weekend which took place earlier this year. The donations are a direct result of the generosity of more than 350 of RasGas’ suppliers, customers, employees and shareholders who participated in the weekend of events.

RasGas Chief Executive Officer, Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi invited representatives from each of the two beneficiaries to the company’s headquarters to meet with the annual charity event organisers and present the funds. When presenting the proceeds, Al Mohannadi highlighted the importance of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and its long-term support for the community. “The annual RasGas Charity Golf Weekend has been a successful, high-profile element of our long-established CSR programme, and has raised over QAR10 million for deserving charities in Qatar over the years. As a company, we are determined to make a positive and sustainable contribution to every aspect of Qatar’s community,” he said.

One of the SDC’s many charity units provides financial support to low-income patients for medical equipment and assistance in the payment of healthcare bills.

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RasGas constantly seeks to be of aid to social organisations as part of its commitment to CSR. Today, their valuable contribution in support of the Charity Unit for Renal Failure Patients is a demonstration of success at building relationships based on cooperation. This and other such initiatives offer an opportunity to establish a framework for CSR, where the priority of profitability does not surpass social and ethical standards,” said Amal Al Mannai, Executive Director of the SDC.

Funded by the Pakistan Welfare Forum in association with the Sheikh Thani Bin Abdulla Al Thani (RAF) Charity, the Sponsor a Student initiative is dedicated to assisting children from locally-based underprivileged families unable to afford a proper education. Ahmad Hussain, Advisor and Head of Education for the Pakistan Welfare Forum, commented, “This generous contribution from RasGas’ charity fund Sunduk Al Kheir will guarantee the education of many more under-privileged families that are part of our ‘Education For All' programme. We are delighted to have been provided with this opportunity.”

As part of its ongoing support for the local community, RasGas established its Sunduk Al Kheir charity fund in 2010 to support long-term CSR programme initiatives which are aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030. The SDC and Pakistan Welfare Forum join a list of institutions who have benefitted from RasGas’ Sunduk Al Kheir fund over the last nine years, including the Shafallah Centre for Special Needs, Qatar Society for the Rehabilitation of Special Needs, Qatar Social and Cultural Centre for the Blind, Sheikh Thani Bin Abdulla Al Thani (RAF) Charity, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Paediatric, Qatar Foundation for Elderly People Care, Qatar National Cancer Society, Arab Union for the Blind, Qatar Paralympic Committee, and the Qatar Social and Cultural Centre for the Deaf.