Over 500 cyclists from across the country came together to raise QR110,285 for Education Above All (EAA) Foundation in a charity ‘Ride for Education’ hosted by Sheraton Grand Doha and Qatar Marriott Worldwide Business Council (QMWBC).
The funds raised will benefit EAA Foundation’s Educate Somali Children project, targeting 109,372 children in Somalia. Today, 63mn children worldwide have no access to quality primary education.
Moza Saeed al-Mansouri, International Fundraising and Partnerships specialist at Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, said: EAA is proud to partner up with Qatar Marriott Worldwide Business Council and all the organisations who share the same profound interest in the future of human development that support this cause through organising sports activities, as education and sports go hand in hand towards a child’s holistic development.”
The bike ride, which welcomed cyclists of all levels, had two route options: the 40-km route, which stretched from the Sheraton Grand Doha grounds to Lusail Multi-Purpose Stadium; and the 20-km route, a course more suited for beginner cyclists, also kicked off from Sheraton Grand Doha to Al Tarfa Roundabout (near Doha Golf Club) and ending at the Sheraton Grand Doha grounds.
Guido de Wilde, chief operating officer of Marriott International MEA and founder of Road to Awareness, said about ‘Ride for Education’: “The Road to Awareness (R2A) campaign has made such an impact in the last 12 years in the Middle East and Africa region. I am proud to see the growth it is making each year to help make a positive difference to support underprivileged children in the communities. The Marriott hotels in Qatar made this charity bike ride happen and allowed us to raise funds to help more children through Education Above All Foundation with the support of the local community.”
QWMBC has 10 members: The W Doha Hotel & Residences, The St Regis Doha, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Sharq Village & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Doha, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, Al Messila, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, and Four Points by Sheraton Doha.