The Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions (ABATS) will be sponsoring a team of four members from Vodafone Qatar for a charity marathon in Amsterdam which will be held on October 19th 2014. The marathon is expected to raise funds for the Vodafone Foundation Moyo Lesotho Challenge.
The Amsterdam Marathon will see 100 Vodafone employees from around the world taking part to raise funds that will be used to provide support to the young people living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.
Lesotho, which is one of the poorest countries in the world, has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world. According to the statistics, almost 41,000 children and young people under 16 years of age are living with HIV in Lesotho. As many as 36,000 of these children do not receive ARV (Antiretroviral) Therapy and suffer from this devastating epidemic.
The funds collected from Amsterdam Marathon would facilitate advanced technological options such as mobile money which would assist the children to receive transportation to travel and receive their medication, receive medical diagnosis results via mobile and sending mobile clinics to rural areas which would bring life saving care further and faster.
Speaking of the sponsorship, Mr. Mohamad AlEbrik, COO – ICT of the Ali Bin Ali Group said “We are proud to be sponsoring this event which is initiated by the Vodafone Foundation. We feel that this initiative reflects the values that our group was built on- that people are capable of incredible things. Vodafone Moyo Lesotho Challenge aims in giving children a future they would not otherwise have had, and we are honored be a part of this worthy cause. ABATS wish all the best to the team from Qatar, you carry our thoughts and wishes with you”
Marc Norris, Chief Commercial Officer of Vodafone Qatar, said: “On behalf of Vodafone Qatar, I would like to thank Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions for their generous support of a great cause which will have a strong impact on many in a terribly deprived area of the world such as Lesotho. Our team, who will be joining other colleagues to run the marathon, was tasked with raising the highest amount of funds possible and without ABATS we wouldn’t have been able to make it.”