16 Apr 2018 - 9:13
SC & QM launch partnership with Best Buddies Qatar
By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula
DOHA: Five-time American Football Super Bowl Champion and Best Buddies Global Ambassador Tom Brady yesterday interacted with members of Best Buddies Qatar and the local community at an event which celebrated diversity and inclusion.
Persons with disabilities enjoyed playing football and taking photos with the New England Patriots quarterback at the event held at Khalifa International Stadium in the presence and patronage of Qatar Museums (QM) Chairperson H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani to officially launch partnerships between Best Buddies Qatar and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and QM.
As part of the new partnership, the SC has committed to integrating 20 Best Buddies Qatar members with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Qatar into the organisation and hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, to encourage their leadership and professional skills. Similarly, the partnership with QM included the commitment of integrating 20 individuals into QM’s operations and programs.
Nasser Al Khater, SC Assistant Secretary General for Tournament Affairs said: “We are delighted to welcome Tom Brady to Qatar and Khalifa International Stadium for the signing of this important partnership agreement between the SC and Best Buddies. Our commitment with Best Buddies to integrate individuals with intellectual and development disabilities into the hosting of the 2022 World Cup will help the program participants further integrate with Qatar’s diverse communities and make new friends, meet the travelling fans we expect in 2022, helping build their confidence, and most importantly give them a sense of independence.”
Amal Bint Abdullatif Al-Mannai, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work said: “The aim of these partnerships will encourage and facilitate the activities and programs of the social centers, affiliated with the Foundation as the initiative of Best Buddies Qatar. There is no doubt that today’s event underlines the collaboration of global efforts to socially integrate people with disabilities. It affirms the focus on the matters of persons with disabilities from different parts of the world.
Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, Chief Executive Officer of QM said:“We’re delighted that we can take part in such an important initiative, and thank Tom and Best Buddies for their work in Qatar. QM is proud to promote and sustain Qatar’s cultural sector and we believe everyone, no matter their background, should be able to take part in and enjoy Qatar’s art, creativity and heritage. By pledging to support people with disabilities, we hope that QM, alongside the SC, can set the right example when it comes to inclusivity and opportunity in Qatar.”
Yesterday’s event also saw the attendance of die-hard football fans in Qatar from various communities including young children, many of whom wearing Tom Brady jerseys, Patriots caps and other fan apparel.
“We are excited to see Tom Brady in Qatar. There are only two official fan clubs of New England Patriots in the Middle East and we are one of them. As fans, imagine how we wake up at 3am just to catch his games especially when there is Super Bowl so this is really a special occasion for us,” said Hady Sam Peter Aouad, Head of the Patriots Fan Club in Qatar.