Original source: http://www.qatar-tribune.com, date unknown
LANI ROSE R DIZON
The annual charitable fundraising event, organised by the Qatar Academy, featured a number of Disney-themed co-curricular activities, games and awareness stalls.
Proceeds collected from the event will support a number of institutions, like the Eravur Development Institution in Sri Lanka, Qatar Academy’s community and service initiatives for the Hamad Hospital, Model United Nations (MUN) actions for children living in Abu Hamour and Messemer and books for Africa.
Qatari sports star Nada Zeidan was the special guest.
Addressing the gathering, Zeidan highlighted the significance of Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid.
Juma al Kubaisi from ROTA and members of the Arabic folklore dance group Dabka were among the other guests.
An elaborate tent was set up where magicians entertained the visitors.
There were also 50 stalls set up in the complex, which showcased art and crafts, traditional jewellery, silver accessories, paintings and skincare products.
The musical corridor in the complex was filled with live Walt Disney tunes produced by Primary School Orchestra, Choir and Drumming Ensemble and the Senior School Advanced Concert Band.
However, the highlight of the event was the ‘Adventure Land’ which showcased a number of student- run initiatives for charity.
Talking to Qatar Tribune, Tala Altaji, a Grade X student, said, “I am part of the Model United Nations action stall.
We are painting the faces of youngsters in the colours of the Sri Lankan national flag to raise awareness.
Qatar Academy sponsors a school in Sri Lanka which has over 100 students.
I think it’s a great opportunity for the people to take a look at some of the causes.” Dr Al Ansari, a Qatari national who attended the event with his children, said, “This is actually a good place to teach children about global issues and support causes.
I have come here for the first time.
I think more schoolchildren should visit the complex.” Sponsored by Salam, QNB, Qtel and Al Mana Group WLL, Quackfest has grown since last year.
IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator Chad Schwaberow said, “Owing to an increase in the number of guests and visitors, we are looking forward to a sizeable donation of nearly QR54,000 this year.”