Community Outreach Program and Al Khor Sports Club host National Sports Day for Northern Communities of Qatar

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On the occasion of Qatar National Sports Day, the Ras Laffan Industrial City Community Outreach Program (RLIC-COP), in conjunction with Al Khor Sports Club host a day of sporting and leisure activities for the Northern Communities of Qatar

The National Sports Day program included a variety of activities for families and community members starting early morning and concluding in the evening. The activities included a suburb race of nine different categories whose prizes amounted to QR30, 000.

Attended by over 600 people, participants were able to take part in both indoor and outdoor activities including a 3km race, Handball, Volleyball, Tennis, Billiards and Table Tennis as well as horseback riding and leisurely camel and pony rides for both adults and children.

The event management committee this year allocated special places for families, with over 1000 parking areas and a stand for productive families affiliated to the Ministry of Social Affairs. Also, children playing areas including trampoline jumping, sliding, and horse, camel and pony-back riding were provided. Healthy meals were also distributed to participants throughout the day.

Young families were also treated to a Children’s Theatre as well as X-Box competitions and a games area with around 1000 toys, gifts and prizes distributed to children throughout the day. The day concluded with a celebratory Raffle Draw.

Quote from AL Khor Sports Club representative Mr. Ghanim Abdullah Al Mohannadi: "The program has supported many cultural and social organizations in addition to other important activities held particularly in Al Shamal area and generally in Qatar. The program has a great history in supporting youth activities in the Qatari community and launching many initiatives in educational fields. We warmly thank the seven companies contributing to the program including Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, RasGas, Shell Qatar, Dolphin Energy Limited, Oryx GTL and Al Khaleej Gassaid Mr. Ghanim Abdullah Al Mohannadi, Head of National Sport Day Event.

"We really appreciate the effective participation of Al Khor Community Development Center, one of Qatar Charity programs, Al Shamal Security Department at the Ministry of Interior, Al Khor/Al Thakhira Municipal Council and Qatar Red Crescent," Al Mohannadi concluded.

RLIC-COP is a grassroots level initiative by Ras Laffan Industrial City’s seven major petrochemicals companies to connect with the Northern Communities of Qatar. It is a joint effort between industry and the communities to better understand each other and work together towards common goals. Inspired by the Qatar National Vision the Outreach Programme’s highest aspiration is to help all people of Qatar unlock their full potential.

Quote from Ras Laffan Community out Reach Program (RLIC-COP) representative Moza Al Mohannadi: The National Sport Day gives the opportunity to Ras Laffan Community Outreach Program (COP) to interact with the inhabitants of different northern areas in Qatar. Also, it aims to enhance exercising among both nationals and residents; the matter which motivates a competitive spirit and creates new healthy lifestyles among the community members.

Celebrating and sponsoring the activities of the National Sport Day embody the goals of COP. Also, the event is considered a great opportunity to highlight the vital role played by the program in the region to support memorable occasions and attract the largest number of community members. This contributes to enhancing community values and the support of the program's partners in energy and industry sector, achieving the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.

The establishment of the Community Outreach Programme was originally facilitated by Ali Bin Hassan Al Mohanadi, the municipal town leader of Al Thakira as well as Sheikh Khalid, previous director of Ras Laffan Industrial City. Together the two pioneers went about exploring ways to bring the benefits of the flourishing Ras Laffan Industrial City in order to bring change and progress to the people of the Northern Communities.

The process began with civic leaders as well as prominent members of industry meeting to discuss community issues and seek out collaborative solutions before Sheikh Khalid received approval to open a new and publicly accessible office in Al Khor which would function as a vital link between the people and the companies. Over time, this initiative grew to become the Community Outreach Programme as it stands today.

- ILQ News -