Sixty volunteers turned up on day one of the Ramadan 2014 Project, a major volunteering effort organised by Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), Qatar’s leading non-profit education and community development organisation.

Volunteers gathered at Qatar’s Table Tennis Federation on Saturday to pack groceries for 200 local families in need. Volunteers divided and packed a range of bulk groceries – including pasta, cooking oil, flour, lentils, and milk powder – which they distribute directly to the families over the course of this week. A volunteer from Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) Qatar, the project’s Exclusive Sponsor, Fatma Al Khater, said:

Volunteering with ROTA is refreshing; you meet new people and learn more about others…It is great to see volunteers of different ages and backgrounds come together and work as a team. There is something about people coming together for a common good. On an individual level, the volunteers will take this initiative forward with them.’

The grocery packing and distribution activity marks the start of ‘Sharing Blessings’, ROTA’s 8th annual Ramadan Project, which has engaged hundreds of volunteers in Qatar over the years, helping thousands of beneficiaries,  and becoming one of Qatar’s most recognised volunteer efforts supporting the local community during the holy month of Ramadan. ROTA’s Acting Executive Director, Mohamed Al Naama, said:

Each year, I am heartened to see ROTA volunteers of all ages and backgrounds come out to support their neighbours in need…For us, the holy month of Ramadan is about giving people in Qatar opportunities to give back to the community that has given them so much. The grocery packing activity marks the start of a busy and richly rewarding month for ROTA’s volunteers, who truly embody the values of volunteerism and community service. I am excited to watch our annual Ramadan volunteer project reach new heights and am grateful for the generous support of our sponsor, QXY Qatar.’

ROTA’s Volunteer Program works closely with the Social Development Centre (SDC), and Qatar Foundation’s Facilities Management Directorate to benefit from their unique expertise and maximize the local reach and impact of ROTA’s Ramadan 2014 Project. To support the grocery packing and distribution activity, for example, SDC and ROTA worked in partnership to identify local families in need. Saturday’s activity forms part of ROTA’s wider Ramadan 2014 volunteer effort which will serve and support important community partners including: Rumailah Hospital’s Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and Residential Care Compound, Hamad Hospital’s Paediatric Leukaemia Unit, and Qatar Foundation for Elderly Care.

For more information, visit Reach Out To Asia’s website.