Volunteer recruitment for this charitable initiative is now open 

One of Qatar’s most impactful outreach events, the annual Summer Cool Campaign, returns once again this September, bringing together community groups, volunteers, media outlets and corporate sponsors, to support 2,000 of Qatar’s blue-collar workers by distributing care packages filled with water, juice, snacks, sunblock, and toiletries in different worksites throughout the country.

Spearheaded by Qatar Volunteers, ILoveQatar.net and QatarLiving.com, the Cool Campaign was first organised in 2008 by Qatar Volunteers, and will soon be marking 10 years of making a difference in the lives of workers building Qatar.

Sayed Ali, Founder of Qatar Volunteers, said that the purpose of the annual Cool Campaign is to inform workers about heat waves and how it impacts their health.

We also want to bring smiles to the faces of these workers and help them feel that communities living in Qatar care for them. It’s important to us that we bridge the gap between white-collar and blue-collar workers, and make them feel part of the community.’

Over the years, the Summer Cool Campaign has reached more than half a million workers and labourers across Qatar, with the invaluable help of its volunteers and sponsors.

Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, Founder and CEO of the I Love Qatar Network, added that social investment and supporting the community is the backbone of what they do. He said that it’s a privilege to be part of the initiative.

We celebrate our diversity as a nation and we strive to give back to everyone who has had a hand in its growth and development. Supporting blue-collar workers who are, literally, building our cities and infrastructure from the ground is a priceless opportunity to express our gratitude for their contribution to Qatar. We’d like to show the world that the workers have our full acknowledgement and respect.’

Individuals wishing to volunteer for the 2017 Qatar Summer Cool Campaign can visit the Qatar Volunteers Facebook page (@QatarVolunteers) and follow the instructions to submit an expression of interest. Currently, there is still a need for around 50 volunteers to help collect goods, pack them into coolers and boxes, and assist in the distribution.

Shaun Myburg, Digital Strategist and Content Writer of QatarLiving.com said that they were honoured to be invited to join in the campaign and promote such a worthwhile initiative.

With the help of both public and corporate volunteers, we hope to shine a light on those who are helping Qatar evolve and, in turn, help them stay cool this summer.’

The 2017 Summer Cool Campaign sponsors include Drbak Limousine and Altair IT Solutions, Wa’hab, Vichy, The Shangri-La Hotel Doha, and King Koil Qatar.

Collection of goods and items will be on 7 September and packing of all boxes and coolers will be on 8 September. Actual distribution will take place on 9 September.

Anyone interested to be a sponsor can contact the organisers through their Facebook page: @QatarVolunteers.