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Charity auction in Qatar

The partnership between Qatar Sports investment (QSI), Qatar Foundation (QF) and FC Barcelona collaborated to raise $1.15m (USD) at the 4th Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) Gala Dinner and Charity Auction, held on 12 December in Doha, Qatar.  The event was held at Katara (Cultural Village) in Doha and was attended by H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.

Auctioned items donated by QF, QSI and FC Barcelona included four VIP tickets (including travel and accommodation) to the Barcelona v Real Madrid game at Camp Nou later this season, in addition to a private tour of the club museum, a signed shirt, and one of the match balls – which will be presented by one of the players after the game.

The ROTA event raised a total of $13m (USD), which will be utilized for ROTA's education and development projects across Asia.

The auction package provided by QSI, QF and FC Barcelona was one of the most sought after at the Gala Dinner.  The auction was coordinated by Sotheby's, with other items going under the hammer including fine art, jewelry and sports cars.

A distinguished list of guests spanning 500 international VIPs, dignitaries and celebrities were in attendance, including Saudi Arabian businessman HRH Prince Waleed bin Talal and his spouse HRH Princess Amira Al Taweel, Heinz Fischer - President of Austria, Kuwaiti actress Hayat Al Fahed, singers Hussein Al Jassmi and Nawal, Qatar rally star Nasser Al Attiya, French Judo star Djamel Bouras, Lebanese musician Khaled Mouzanar, Emirati entrepreneur Bader Jaffar and Olympic Gold Decathlete, Bryan Clay.  Five-time Olympian track and field star Charmaine Crooks was Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

ROTA, founded in 2005 under the patronage of Qatar Foundation, is an organization that works to ensure young people have access to the education they need in order to realize their full potential and shape the development of their communities.  Working with partners, volunteers and local communities across Asia, ROTA strives to ensure that people affected by crises in Asia and around the world have continuous access to relevant primary and secondary school education.

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