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Posted On: 31 March 2019 10:01 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Love Ball auction collects $7.5m funds for special children

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Qatar daily The Peninsula reported that Love Ball Arabia has succeeded in securing $7.5m in funding for joint initiatives between Al Shafallah Center and Naked Heart Foundation.

Love Ball Arabia, held in partnership with Qatar Museums and under the patronage of H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Natalia Vodianova on Friday evening, welcomed high-profile guests from around the world for a gala dinner and auction to raise funds for support programmes for children with special needs in Qatar and in Russia.

The Love Ball Arabia is a highly anticipated charity event, being held as a result of the ties developed following the successful Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture and drawing a prominent audience.

All proceeds from Love Ball Arabia will benefit the work of Al Shafallah Centre and Naked Heart Foundation, funding the development of professional support services for families of children with mental, physical and sensory disabilities as well as enhancing advocacy campaigns in both Russia and Qatar while raising awareness of the cause.

The funds raised from Love Ball Arabia will aid Al Shafallah in establishing a highly-anticipated new community centre catered to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism above 21 years old.

The evening comprised a gala dinner with an immersive theatrical performance, combining dance, music and art produced by acclaimed performers alongside actors with special needs.

Presented by the incredible Iman Bowie, the programme included a unique performance by Sergei Polunin, accompanied by the musical piece “The Song of Distant Earth”. The dance was created specifically for Love Ball Arabia.

The dinner’s bespoke menu was created especially for the evening by the renowned Moscow chef of the outstanding Severyane restaurant, Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Georgy Troyan, offering a contemporary twist on traditional Russian cuisine.

(Image source: The Peninsula)