The Nawras Convoy began the second phase of the Sixth Nawras Goodwill Journey across Oman that got underway early Saturday morning, from the Nawras head office in Athaiba. After a smooth, two-hour drive through open country, the Nawras Goodwill convoy made its first halt at a pre-school day care centre in Al Awaibi, in the Batinah region, that is being run by the Women's Association.
Seeing the arrival of the Nawras Goodwill team the tiny-tots, who had gathered there for this very special occasion, were all agog with excitement. The little ones put up a delightful programme to welcome their guests. Starting off with some circus tricks like jumping through hoops, making pyramids and somersaulting, the children presented a colourful skit in English about a tiger, an elephant, a deer and a beetle.
Nawras volunteers then played a round of musical chairs with the kids. But the highlight of the programme was a magic show which was a big hit with the kids. Out of nowhere the interesting trick was when the magician converted used Nawras pre-paid cards into brand new ones.
Finally, the moment that everyone was waiting for had come. Nawras volunteers opened the two huge cartons and distributed a variety of toys, crayons, painting books, racing cars, fire engines, building blocks, mechanic sets, tiny xylophones, toy tool kits, doctor's kits and so many other things. In a moment the kids seemed to have been transported into a wonderland of fantasy and fun.
Nawras team leader, Khalid Al Zedjali and the team of volunteer Nawras employees, later distributed gifts from Nawras for all the staff of the day care centre and handed over the keys of a brand new car to the head mistress of the day care centre.
Talking to the media, Zedjali said: "The Goodwill Journey is Nawras' unique way of adding a special sparkle and glow in the lives of people during Ramadan and spreading good cheer, help and happiness all around". He added: "Ramadan, as you know, is a special time to reach out and touch the lives of people".
Elaborating further, Zedjali said over the course of the next four days, the Nawras Goodwill Journey will cover approximately 3000 kms with its team of 29 volunteers including 8 women, a couple of volunteers from the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and a media team.
The Nawras Goodwill Journey began as an employee initiative six years ago. As a caring company, Nawras is fully committed to this annual time of giving while also supporting many other lesser known causes and needs in different community groups, continuously throughout the year.