Over 150 guests and VIP’s from the Doha community attended a glittering fundraising event held by The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development in Doha over the weekend.
The inaugural Masquer-AID charity event was held on the Pearl Boardwalk in aid of the Fund’s Palestine Diabetes Institute.
The evening, which raised significant funds for the diabetes charity, has been hailed a success by the organisers. Among the items auctioned, a hand-stitched Palestinian table cloth raised QR 5,000 for the charity.
Based on this success, the Fund has now begun planning for further activities in Qatar, with the next event planned for September.
Amr El-Husseini, Volunteer and Organiser of the Masquer-AID event, said, “I am extremely proud of my fellow volunteers who assisted me in staging this event. The setting was fantastic and we couldn’t have hoped for a better response from guests. I am already planning the next event for the charity and hope it can be as big a success as this one”.
“Most importantly, we were able to raise a significant amount of money to further the work of a sincere, non political and purely charitable cause.” he added.
Guests at the moonlit event enjoyed a banquet, alongside the music of the MAQAM quintet, whose members donated their time to the charity. The group played a set contrasting classical and Arabic music, before the Chairman of the Jerusalem Fund spoke to guests about the vital work that the charity undertakes.
The monies raised at the event will all go to further the work of the Jerusalem Fund through the Palestinian Diabetes Institute. All monies have been collected by the Qatar Red Crescent as the local charity sponsor under license number 9/2010 and will be distributed to the Jerusalem Fund in line with the license agreement.
The Jerusalem Fund is an independent, non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that does humanitarian and educational work on behalf of Palestinians, in particular those living in the Occupied Territory and surrounding refugee camps. The PDI was launched in 2009 by The Jerusalem Fund as a major project under its humanitarian program.
With an estimated 10% of men and 9.6% of women aged 30 to 65 years old suffering from diabetes mellitus, according to the Ministry of Health, diabetes in Palestine has reached epidemic proportions. A further 9 out of every 100,000 Palestinians die every year from the disease, a situation made worse by the conditions of occupation. The Institute is working to address this growing epidemic in Palestine through education and treatment.
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