Qatar Football Association (QFA) and ROTA announced that the proceeds of the Emir Cup 2015 semifinals tickets will be donated to the earthquake victims in Nepal through ROTA’s development and relief projects.

ROTA and QFA have also organised an initiative to place donation boxes around Al Sadd Stadium before the semifinals kick off on Friday 15 May 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Funds that are donated by the spectators will go towards ROTA’s local and regional projects. ROTA’s Acting Executive Director, Mohamed Al Naama, said:

Our collaboration with QFA is one of a kind as we jointly aim to reach out to different communities locally and regionally. We thank QFA’s interest in ROTA’s mission and for sharing with us the same humanitarian beliefs to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.’

On 25 April 2015, Nepal was struck by the worst earthquake in more than 80 years at a magnitude of 7.8, leaving more than 8,000 people dead and millions affected. Two weeks later, on 11 May 2015, another earthquake struck Nepal, followed by two major aftershocks. The 7.4-magnitude quake has left at least 40 people killed and over a thousand injured.

QFA’s Secretary General, Mansoor Al Ansari, said:

We are very happy to be donating the Emir Cup semifinals ticket proceeds to support the people of Nepal who have suffered a great loss as a result of the devastating earthquake. QFA continuously involves its partner non-profit and charitable organisations in its leagues and competitions for the aim of raising funds to help those who are in need. ROTA is a renowned charity organisation known for its outstanding humanitarian work and we are proud to be partnering with them to try to change the lives of people living in underprivileged communities, especially during such tough times.’

QFA and ROTA signed an MoU last year that sets out the commitment of both parties to support the advancement of youth capabilities and furthering long-term development and leadership capacity-building.

In addition, QFA has signed an agreement with Sout Al Khaleej radio station on 12 may 2015 to become the ‘Official Radio Station’ of Emir Cup 2015. The nature of the agreement involves utilising the station by promoting all the Emir Cup matches, activities, and sponsors events. Al Ansari, said:

We are delighted to partner with Sout Al Khaleej and announce them as the Official Radio Station of this esteemed tournament. We have a long term relationship with Sout Al Khaleej which dates back to the 17th Gulf Cup. Sout Al Khaleej plays a very important role in promoting QFA activities and events, and we look forward to working with Sout Al Khaleej again this year. Through this long-term and unique partnership, Sout Al Khaleej will help ensure that all Emir Cup events are promoted heavily amongst the football fans and reaching new audience this year.’

Commenting on the announcement of the partnership, Assistant General Manager of Sout Al Khaleej, Salem Al Mansoori, said:

We are very proud to partner with QFA again this year for the 43rd edition of Emir Cup and are confident that this partnership will reach both parties’ goal which is to promote the Emir Cup to all fans in Qatar. We appreciate the opportunity given by QFA to be the official radio station of the Emir Cup 2015 and look forward to promoting this prominent football event of the year. We are going to be organising many competitions on the radio in which 10 winners will have the opportunity to watch the final match in Al Gharafa Stadium. The winners will be chosen from around the Gulf and London, and all expenses will be covered by Sout Al Khaleej.’

The radio will also be running different competitions with countless prizes awarded to the winners.

The Emir Cup final match will be held in Al Gharafa Stadium on Saturday 23 May 2015. The venue has a capacity of 25,000 spectators. It has 12 gates designated for spectators, media, families, and VIP spectators.

For more ways to donate to Nepal, check out Marhaba’s post, ‘Qatar Reaches Out to Help Victims of Nepal Earthquake‘.