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Vodafone Qatar launches unique online fundraising project

23 November, 2009: As part of their Eid Al-Adha activities, Vodafone Qatar has launched a unique fundraising drive on their website (www.vodafone.com.qa/donate), which benefits Qatar Red Crescent's Patients Relief Fund. 

Everyone-Vodafone customers and non-customers alike- have the ability to make a QR 25, QR 50, QR 100 or QR 500 donation online.  All donations raised through Vodafone's website until 31 January 2010 will go to the Patient Relief Fund. 

"Vodafone Qatar's purpose, ‘Making a world of difference for all the people in Qatar', is at the heart of everything we do.  We have launched several charitable initiatives through the Vodafone Qatar Foundation, and this unique online fundraising project is another step in bringing Vodafone's purpose to life. Eid Al Adha is a time to give back and we are honored to have partnered with Qatar Red Crescent to benefit the Patient Relief Fund," said Head of Online, DeEtte Christie, Vodafone Qatar.

Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) is a humanitarian organisation that provides a range of interventions tailored to the context, which is intended to build resilient communities including; programs in risk reduction, health and health education water and sanitation and food security both nationally and internationally.  QRCS is part of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Movement isimpartial and provides protection and assistance to people in need.

QRCS remains committed to strengthen the muchneeded humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities and to change their lives for good. The Patients Relief Fund provides assistance to all vulnerable Qatar residents regardless of their gender, religious background or ethnic groups according to certain criteria. This includes:

  • Psychosocial support for patients receiving medical
  • Total or partial coverage of costs of surgeries and medical costs for those who can't afford it, in addition to covering travel expenses, which is only offered for treatment outside Qatar.
  • Total or partial coverage of medications and medical aids (e.g. hearing aids, heart stents, hip and knee replacement).
  • Wheelchairs and beds for elderly people
  • Gifts for chronically or terminally ill children (e.g. children with blood cancer)

Vodafone's online fundraising is powered by PJ Media, part of the Data Select group of companies; one of Vodafone's premier technology partners.  Part of the Phones International Group, PJ Media is owned by Peter Jones of BBC TV's Dragons' Den fame.

-ENDS-

For information on PJ Media and Data Select, please contact Steve James at +441628539800 or steve.james@pjmedia.co.uk.

Visit www.qrcs.org for more details about QRCS or for more information about the Patients Relief Fund please contact, 4435111 ext:229 or mobile: 6907018.

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