Sunday, 11 November 2012

QCVA launches donation drive for Syrian refugees

RAMY SALAMA

DOHA THE Qatar Centre for Voluntary Activity (QCVA) is embarking on a six-month campaign to source relief materials for displaced Syrians.

During the campaign, QCVA aims to collect clothing items and other in-kind donations in Qatar and distribute them to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Speaking to mediapersons on Thursday, QCVA Secretary- General Yousef Ali al Kazem said, “Syrian people are in need of our help now. They need us to assist them during this hard time and contribute positively to the lives. I believe our donations will go a long way in alleviating the refugees’ suffering.” He said the drive was particularly important with the onset of the winter season.

“The time to act is now, especially given that winter is coming and the conditions in this cold season may be severe for them in their present situation,” Kazem said.

He noted that the items collected would be distributed to Syrians in refugee camps in Jordan and along the Jordanian borders, adding the opportunity to donate to the cause is open for six months.

The project, according to Kazem, was initiated by volunteers at the centre, who aimed to help their Syrian brethren.

“These individuals were able to convince administrators at the centre on the need to support a drive and collect donations for the refugees.

QCVA urged members of various communities in Qatar, both citizens and expatriates, to make the drive a success.

According to Kazem, the centre places emphasis on in-kind donations, such as used items of clothes, blankets and beddings, urging people to purchase the items and donate them to the centre instead of cash donations The initiative is the second of its kind to be organised by the QCVA, following a successful donation drive to help Somali people and others hit by drought in the Horn of Africa.

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