The most awaited event for the year FAST-A-THON 2015 was organized by Hyatt Plaza shopping mall on 26th and 27th of June 2015. The event took place in Hyatt Plaza Food court and gathered more than 400 Non-Muslims offering them an opportunity to experience fasting for one day. FAST-A-THON was also supported by Qatar Charity and Edad Centre to support education in Somalia.
The family shopping mall and its supporters made a promise to donate 80,000 QAR, the equivalent of 200 QAR on the behalf of every Non-Muslim who registered to fast and encourage education in Somalia by ensuring English courses for orphans. To celebrate this activity the mall also organized an Iftar party for all the participants in order to promote universal values of brotherhood, tolerance and empathy. The mission of this event was to create a real communication between civilizations by giving non-Muslims a true understanding of what Ramadan spirit is and give them the opportunity to be a part of a charity with a noble cause.
“Through innovative activities like FASTATHON, we believe that we get to endorse Acceptance, Tolerance and Social Solidarity. This year, we have witnessed the highest participation for Fast-a-thon and we are glad that we will be able to support the orphans in Somalia and make their lives better through education.’’. Said Mr. Feroz Moideen, General Manager, Hyatt Plaza Shopping mall.
In order to appreciate the participants for their efforts; the mall prepared a varied and entertaining content, including free henna painting, interactive session with gifts distribution and Health check-ups provided be PHCC (Primary Health Care Corporation). ‘‘I brought my family to FAST-A-THON because we’ve been always fascinated by Ramadan and we really wanted to try fasting and make it a part of our stay experience here in Qatar and the fact that we are doing it for a good cause make us even prouder and more enriched’’ assumed Mr. Adams, an American participant
On the other hand Mr. Ahmed Saleh Al Ali Programs and project Manager at Qatar Charity said ‘in our organization we believe in a world where people live in dignity, and to be the partner of choice in helping the vulnerable like orphans in Somalia. Because of the inadequate education schools, students don’t have other choices but to attempt entering Europe across the Mediterranean or joining the Shabaab extremist’s troupes. For that reason our mission along with Hyatt Plaza will be to introduce English courses to those young minds in order to increase the chances of getting a higher education and becoming productive members in society’. The proceedings from Fast-a-thon will donated to a pilot project created by Dr. Bilal Philips, titled ‘Help the Orphans’, Intensive English course that will make 500 bright Somalian orphans and destitute children proficient in English and offer them an opportunity to contribute towards the progress of Somalia.
As expected, Hyatt Plaza and its partners succeeded in attracting the charitable hearts by making them dynamically involved in an international cause like education in Africa, giving them the chance to discover what Ramadan and traditions in Qatar look like, and promising them even a bigger event next year that will cherish for the same universal values of brotherhood, tolerance and empathy.
“We thank all our customers and the our partners for supporting us in this noble cause” concluded Mr. Feroz Moideen.
About Hyatt Plaza: Strategically located in one of Doha’s popular destination, Al Waab street, Hyatt Plaza has been catering to families in Qatar since 2003. The family-oriented shopping center offers local and international retail, entertainment, and food outlets, including Géant Hypermarket, Homes R Us, Highland, Pari Gallery, and Kiddy Zone. In addition to being Doha's leading retail, dining, and leisure spot, Hyatt Plaza is also home to Jungle Zone - the city’s most popular children’s indoor theme park. Lush green surroundings, shaded parking, and a family-friendly ambience complete the shopping experience at Hyatt Plaza, making it the ideal family shopping destination in the country.