Keeping with the tradition of celebrating World Environment Day
(WED) in Qatar for the last six years, IAID, in association with the Friends of the
Environment Centre (FEC) under the patronage of Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari, Chairman of
FEC, are set to celebrate the most popular and anticipated painting contest on May 24th
and 25th, at the FEC for the 7th consecutive year.
With more than 3000 entries expected for this year’s painting contest, organizers of the
event are confident that this will surpass the 2300 entries it received last year.
“Through this fun and simple contest, we strive to foster a great deal of
enthusiasm on environmental education amongst today’s youth, who are the
stewards of tomorrow’s economy,” said Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari, Chairman of FEC
The painting contest is open to all age groups, and the theme for this year’s competition
has been aptly chosen as, “I love Planet Earth.”
Those wishing to participate in the contest can do so by filling up the registration forms
at www.iloveqatar.net/wed2013 .
Contestants will be given a duration of two hours to complete drawing and coloring of
their creative art piece, and will be allowed to use color using any medium.
A panel from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar will judge the
paintings, and the winners will be notified and invited to the closing ceremony on
June 7th, where the winning entries will be exhibited.
“The response we receive every year to this painting contest shows that children
care. It also shows that their teachers, their parents, and their communities care.
If we are going to reverse the environmental decline that we know is happening
to our land, our seas, our rivers and our air, we all need to care—and to act. So,
get those imaginations into gear and see what you can come up with," said
Marianne Indrinal Project Manager, WED 2013
The painting contest is one of the many initiatives organized by IAID and FEC to involve
the Qatari community in the WED celebrations, and to create interest among the people.
The wide variety of activities and contests planned for the WED celebrations will help the
citizens become more aware of how they — as individuals — could make a positive
impact on the environment.
Alongside the Painting Contest is a Seminar related to the WED 2013 world-wide theme
- Think.Eat.Save entitled Healthy Eating for a Healthy Planet. This will be facilitated by
Ms. Karishma Desai, Nutritionist from IAID.
For three years in a row, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) is the Major Sponsor of
WED Celebration in Qatar. In addition ORYX GTL Limited, for two years in a row is the
event's Diamond Sponsor. This year, Ooredoo has also taken part as the Official
Telecom Partner. Last but not the least, Faber-Castell, Virginia Commonwealth
University in Qatar, ILoveQatar.net have been the Event Partners over the years.
This year, an addition to the Event Partners consortium are Hemaya Security Services,
The Ritz Carlton Doha and Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel.
For more information, please call WED Secretariat (IAID) at 44320974 / 66710589 or
email at [email protected]
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