2012 Iftar Drive Campaign
It was such a great honour and a very memorable experience to be part of the 2012 Iftar Drive Campaign. During the Distribution Day itself, the Qatar Volunteers were divided among groups and assigned in various location. In our team, all of us are first timers and the members came from different countries..Let me share with the blog written by one of the German members from our team.
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Following the invitation of a friend, I joined a group of volunteers at the annual Iftar charity drive yesterday. The idea is to position many volunteers at two prominent intersections just before Iftar with a huge supply of care packages and hand it out to people who are still out on the street and cannot make it home in time. This applies for some construction workers who have to work in the evening due to the daytime-heat, but also to all the other people who have binding obligations. The packages contained water, dates, juice and pastries like Maamoul.
Just about an hour before the event, all the packages were divided between the many cars and people that have been involved. Then the teams of usually five people would take their places at the various spots of the intersections. We began to hand out the packages around 6 pm and by 6:30 everything but huge empty bags had gone. Sometimes the recipients would be sitting in luxury cars. While that might have seemed a little odd at first, it was not really wrong. These luxury cars did not help their “poor” owners to be at home with their families and have Iftar. We could have started the entire action a little later, to make sure, that we reach more people that really would not have made it home at all.
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