(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
QNB, the leading bank in the Middle East and Africa region, has joinedfestivities of the National Day, celebrated annually on 18 December, by organising a National Painting Competition under the theme ' A Small Contribution; A Great Hope.
The competition took place in cooperation with the Shafallah Center for People with Special Needs which is a part of Qatar Foundation for Social Work.
The competition hosted by the Shafallah Center in November brought together a number of students with special needs between the ages of 7 and 16 along with 10 Qatari artists.
The paintings of those children will be displayed at QNB's stand as part of Darb Al Saai's National Day activities.
The cultural event aims at helping children with special needs excel in intellectual activities, enhance their integration into the community and improve their self-reliance and independency in order to become fully productive adults.
In a festive atmosphere, filled with joy and cheerfulness, Shafallah Center ‘s children shared with the Qatari artists their creativity through paintings inspired by Qatar and its rich heritage while conveying love, loyalty, patriotism, solidarity and appreciation to the nation and the wise leadership.
The children, who proved that creativity has no limits, have conveyed a vivid picture of Qatar's heritage through a series of paintings depicting hunting, equestrian, falconry, camels and other illustrations of that are significant to Qatar's heritage.
QNB's keenness to support creative disabled talents in Qatar stems from its diverse range of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and programs launched with the aim of aligning them with Qatar's National Vision 2030.
Salem Al Nuaimi, Assistant General Manager at QNB Group, said: 'It is a great honor for QNB to participate in this year's National Day celebrations, which represent a proud moment for us to express our loyalty and allegiance to the wise leadership and to commemorate the founding fathers.
'The organisation of the National Drawing Contest in cooperation with the Shafallah Center for People with Special Needs reflects QNB's keenness to achieve a better cultural and social integration of persons with disabilities and instilling love of the homeland and loyalty to the country in PWDs (People with disability) since their young age.
'We hope that this event would enhance the significant efforts made by the Shafallah Center, which is plays a pioneer role with regards to the rehabilitation and integration of children with special needs.
Renowned Qatari artist Abdul Hameed Al Siddiqi said: 'The participation of artists in the State of Qatar in this national drawing contest stems from our belief in the importance of the role being played by Qatari artists in promoting the national comprehensive developmentconsidering the progress witnessed by Qatar's art scene.
'Taking part in today's event shows that a responsibility towards community and to support PWDs is a priority for Qatari artists, who make sure to engage with all segments in our community. 'This cultural event was a good opportunity to express my love for Qatar on the occasion of the National Day. It has also enabled me to explore creative abilities of Shafallah Center's children and to teach them basic drawing skills, says Al Siddiqi.
Besides providing certificates of recognition to the winners and Qatari artists, who took part in this event, QNB has distributed a number of gifts to stimulate the imagination of children of all ages.
QNB is the Official Strategic Partner of the National Day Celebrations Organising Committee.
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