Qatar Airways is sponsoring a team of local leading cyclists, Qatar Sandstormers, by flying them to Europe to take part in the 2013 Global Biking Initiative Charity Ride from 30 June to 6 July 2013.

Qatar Sandstormers

The team, partnering with Sheikh Eid Charity Foundation, will cycle from Paris, France to Dusseldorf, Germany during the one-week event, covering 650km to raise awareness and funds to support their cause.

Qatar Sandstormers, a team of six cyclists, will be raising money for the Beitak Beiti Initiative, to support more than 200 poor and disadvantaged families in Qatar by helping them purchase domestic necessities such as refrigerators, air conditioners and safe cooking stoves. The international biking event brings teams from around the world together to help raise funds for various global charities and has seen 900 cyclists from more than 20 countries take part since its inception.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said:

The State of Qatar continues to nurture and produce sportspeople dedicated to competing on the world stage and develop in their chosen professional field…It’s even more heartening to see some of our local athletes competing overseas for charity to support a very worthy cause back home.’

Qatar Sandstormers, led by local cyclist Marouf Mahmoud, aims to raise QR100,000 for the Beitak Beiti Initiative. Mahmoud said:

I am very proud of my team’s achievements this year and would like to thank all the companies and individuals who have made it possible to accomplish such success…We have reached three important milestones in 2013 – we now have two Qatari nationals on the team, our partnership with Sheikh Eid Charity Foundation makes us more deep rooted to supporting beneficiaries in Qatar and we are close to achieving our ambitious goal of raising QR100,000, more than three times what we raised last year.’

In 2012, Qatar Sandstormers raised QR36,000 to fund scholarships, allowing marginalised and disadvantaged students in Kailali, a remote rural area regularly affected by flooding, to continue their secondary education. The Global Biking Initiative was established in 2009 by Vodafone employees worldwide with the goal of allowing individual groups to raise funds for their own nominated charities by organising long distance cycling events across the globe.

For more information, visit Global Biking Initiative’s website.