Muscat, XX February 2019: Based on the recommendation of Khimji Ramdas’ Eshraqa, the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC), the leading network for project cargo freight forwarders, raised USD 43,000 for the Association for the Welfare of the Handicapped Children. The fund was raised through a benefit auction that took place on the back of the 19th WWPC Annual Conference in Oman hosted by Khimji Ramdas Shipping between 13th and 16th February 2019.
The money raised during the event will support the programs and initiatives of the Association for the Welfare of the Handicapped Children which provides valuable services for its 450 members through education, mental health and well-being, physical and cognitive development areas.
Expressing the network’s appreciation for all its valued sponsors, members and guests for their support and generous contribution in the auction, Wolfgang Karau, Director of Operations, WWPC said, “Thanks to the support of our auction’s participants, donors and bidders, we are able to contribute in making a difference in the lives of children with physical and mental disabilities in the Sultanate of Oman.” He added “Few years ago it came to my attention that in the cities we visit across the world; there are lots of children who need help and are most deserving of it. Therefore we started auctioning valuable items donated by members, sponsors and asked our local partners to identify a local association to receive the fund raised. By supporting the Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children, we are translating our belief in inclusiveness as they continue to support the differently abled children in Oman.”
Prior to the auction date, Wolfgang Karau, supported by Eshraqa and Khimji Ramdas Shipping team, led the WWCP delegation in a visit to the Association head office at Azaiba; they were received by HH Sayyida Hujaija bint Jaifar Al Said, Chairperson and members of the board of directors for the Association for the Welfare of the Handicapped Children. The delegation toured their premises, interacted with the children and understood how their funds will be used.
Commenting on the network’s donation to the Association, HH Sayyida Hujaija bint Jaifar Al Said, Chairperson, Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children, said, “The association provides a positive and secure environment for the welfare of handicapped children, where they can contribute, learn and undertake many activities aimed at their development. I would like to thank every individual who was at the auction for their support and contributions ; my extended thanks go to WWPC, Khimji Ramdas Shipping and Eshraqa for considering our association to receive this generous contribution.”
The Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children serves children from the ages of 6 to 14; and aims to provide everyone an equal opportunity to explore and learn to the fullest within the community.
Rajive Ahuja, Head, Corporate Communications & CSR, Khimji Ramdas said, Eshraqa’s consistent commitment to build local communities in Oman is a core pillar of Khimji Ramdas’ social development programme. As a steadfast supporter of the youngest segment of the society, we are glad to recommend the Association for the Welfare of the Handicapped Children as beneficiary of this auction as we know it will enhance the children’s well-being in many different ways and inspire to bring positive change.”
Sponsors of the auction – donated the replica of Ship-, Train- and Trailer models, advertisement package from HLPFI, hotel vouchers from the Sheraton, and an original insurance claim letter from the Titanic,special donation from M.C. Jose, CEO of the Projects and Logistics Group of Khimji Ramdas and member’s also conducted tennis match.. The total collections from the auction amounted to more than USD 43.000.
Over the years the WWPC annual conference’s auctions have raised more than USD 250,000- that went to various local charities, supporting children in need and are always a highlight of these business events.