Under the auspices of the Wali of Liwa, H.E. Dr. Sheikh Said bin Humaid Al Harthy, Vale Volunteers hosted a special Iftar in honor of the Al Noor Association for the Blind at the Umiyah bint Qais School in Liwa this Monday, July 21st. The evening brought together more than 250 officials and community leaders in addition to members of Al Noor Association and Vale Volunteers who showed their solidarity and support to one of Vale’s flagship community-centric programs.
Inspired by the true essence of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Vale Volunteers and their families shared their diverse cultures and customs with their guests through an extensive and colorful array of dishes and sweets. The evening also included a series of interactive sessions conducted by the Volunteers in efforts to involve, engage and integrate all members of society. At the end of the gathering, the participants expressed their wishes for a blessed Ramadan and a joyful Eid.
“The most valuable lesson we may ever learn is to cooperate, find commonality amongst one another and embrace our differences,” said the Wali of Liwa, H.E. Dr. Sheikh Said bin Humaid Al Harthy. “This is what makes a strong community. Vale’s Iftar in honor of Al Noor Association for the Blind showcased how we can join our efforts to positively contribute to the community. I commend Vale for their social initiatives in North Al Batinah and wish them continued success.”
Founded to enrich employees with voluntary skills while providing them with the opportunity to offer their time, energy and talent to benefit the local communities, the Vale Volunteers program was launched in Oman in 2013 and has since grown two-fold in the number of participants. Sergio Espeschit, Chief Executive Officer of Vale in Oman said, “Our vision is to be a model corporate citizen and transfer our values through our employees and that is what our volunteerism program is all about. We hope to inspire others to lend a helping hand at every opportunity as even the smallest or the simplest of acts can make a huge difference in someone’s life.”
Mohammed Ismail Al Balushi, Head of Al Noor Association for the Blind in Sohar said, “This Iftar was the first of its kind event hosted for Al Noor Association in Al Batinah and it had a profound impact on each and every one of us. The actions of Vale Volunteers reflect the true meaning of volunteerism, showing how people can be brought together with care, joy and above all, hope. The Iftar was a lighthearted event which involved over 100 of our members and we look forward to planning future events with the Volunteers to help spread the culture of volunteerism in our society.”
Working with the premise that a sustainable business is founded on establishing a respectful relationship with the people, Vale will continue to engage local communities and grow together while always seeking sustainable development. As partners in this event, Vale Volunteers express their gratitude to the following companies: Al Batinah Company, Al Ajwa Al Mumaizah, M Events, History’s light photography group and Al Hilal Chanting group.
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