In the presence of the eminent scholar Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) is arranging for a grand Support Gaza charitable auction on Friday 26 September 2014 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Katara Cultural Village, in cooperation with Qatar TV and Al-Rayyan Satellite Channel.

The auction attracted sponsorship from several major corporations and institutions, including Alfardan Group, Jaidah Group, and Al-Wajba Establishment. The revenue of the auction will be allocated for supporting Gaza reconstruction efforts, aimed at rebuilding the homes, schools, mosques, and hospitals destroyed and resuming the utilities and services stopped as a result of the recent Israeli aggression against the enclave.

The auction involves offering a wide variety of 2013 and 2014 cars and motorcycles for bidding (14 world-class cars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, Mclaren, Jaguar, Maserati, BMW, Chevrolet Camaro, and Mini Cooper and three Ducati motorcycles), as well as three invaluable pieces of the Kiswah of the Kaaba embroidered with gold threads.

According to the rules of the auction, participants must be at least 18 years of age and deposit in advance QR50,000 as a registration payment, to be refunded to the losing bidders after the auction. For the winners, the deposit will be applied toward the final selling price. The remaining amount must be paid in full within 72 hours of the auction, otherwise the selling will be cancelled and the deposit cannot be reclaimed.

The auction is part of the humanitarian campaign launched by QRC more than two months ago to support Gaza people affected by the Israeli attacks, which resulted in 2,120 deaths (most of whom were civilians, including 260 women and 577 children), 10,854 injuries (including 3,307 children), two doctors and 42 medical workers killed while performing their humanitarian work, 17,200 destroyed homes, and nearly 500,000 displaced people (or more than one quarter of Gaza population).

Following the end of war, the Support Gaza campaign shifted the focus from relief to reconstruction. Immediately, the QRC office in Gaza initiated reconstruction works and resumed work on the prewar projects. They surveyed the degrees of damage in some already completed projects, particularly in the healthcare, education, and water and sanitation sectors, for repair and rehabilitation.

The charitable auction is not the first event by QRC to help Gaza. Early in August, there was a grand Gaza solidarity festival organised in cooperation with the Katara Cultural Village, Qatar TV, Al-Rayyan TV, and Q-Media. It featured diverse cultural, artistic, and musical shows by a select of artists, singers, and poets from Qatar, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia, amid a huge multinational public presence to express solidarity with the rights of the Palestinian people.

During the festival, donations poured in from all segments of society, including individuals, companies, and State institutions, raising as much funds as QR150 million.

QRC still receives donations from any person willing to help the victims of Gaza war via the hotline 6666 6364, QRC premises in Old Slata or QRC agents at various malls, online at QRC’s website, or by sending an SMS with the word “قطر” to 92766 to donate QR100.