Social Development Center Raise QR23 Million for Entrepreneurial Programmes
Brazil-themed evening held to support SDC’s entrepreneurial projects
Social Development Center (SDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, raised a total of QR23,950,000 during its Brazilian-themed Eighth Gala Dinner, one of the Center’s much anticipated fundraising efforts held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) to raise funds for the SDC’s entrepreneurial programmes.
The Gala Dinner was attended by HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. VVIPs including members of the royal family, ministers, senior government officials, and other public figures attended the dinner as well.
Held in partnership with ExxonMobil in Qatar, the Gala Dinner is one of the centre’s most anticipated charity events, raising funds for SDC’s community development initiatives. The event reinforces some of the common strategic goals and bilateral ties that bind Qatar and Brazil such as hosting some of the world’s biggest sporting events, actively promoting global environmental change, and strengthening economic co-operation between the two nations.
Following a creative showcase of SDC’s events and activities, the evening featured exciting musical and artistic performances, including a freestyle football performance by Brazilian and Qatari entertainers, an acapella group, and a show by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and multi-award winning international Latin Brazilian Group, Tropicalia. The event also featured D1 Autre Monde, who demonstrated the ancient art, Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music.
In addition to the live entertainment, one of the key elements of SDC’s Dinner was a charity auction including an exclusive range of prized collector’s items such as a jersey signed by retired Brazilian football legend Pelé, an autographed shot of Pelé, a jersey and ball signed by FC Barcelona, an authentic letter written by Mahatma Gandhi, the founding father of India, dated 1931, a Rolls Royce – Ghost Six Senses, a Carbon Credit Certificate representing Brazil’s aim to minimise carbon emission within as many projects as possible across its cities, a tribal bracelet inspired by Brazilian native Indians, Formula 1 Paddock VIP tickets, four VIP tickets to an FC Barcelona game in the world famous Camp Nou, and personal collectibles donated by Salim bin Said Al Mohannadi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sea Shore Group.
Donations collected through the Eighth Gala Dinner will be allocated to support the following entrepreneurial programmes:
Tanmiya, a development programme to support small and medium enterprises
RASAMEEL funds to support entrepreneurs; Badr..Wa Int Gadr, a programme which offers full entrepreneurship support to individuals and families throughout the country
Reyada, the Qatari Entrepreneur Award, designed to honour Qatari entrepreneurs, individuals and organisations that support entrepreneurial ventures