Doha College raises over 25K QAR on Pink Day

Doha College raises over 25K QAR on Pink Day

Pink Day is marked at Doha College every year by the school’s Charities Committee through various fundraising activities. But 2019 brought a record-breaking amount of QAR 25,133, raised mainly through non-uniform day donations and bake sales.

Given the large size and long history of the school, its community, on many occasions, has been tested by cancer. Doha College Vice-Principal Neil Thomas, a vibrant young man who represented Qatar in international rugby a few years ago, found himself at the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis earlier this year. The entire community was stunned by the news, but also endlessly supportive, and the strength of his spirit managed to turn the bleak diagnosis into an experience that ultimately benefited other cancer sufferers and the DC students.

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On Pink Day, Mr Thomas spoke at a students’ assembly about what having cancer taught him. The inspirational talk left a huge impression and taught them not just about the power of positivity and their own untapped strength, but also about body image, self-esteem and mental health – interlinked aspects of heightened impact during teenage years.

He said, “the Charities Committee has been unbelievable in raising so much money. The students organised an incredible day and it was great to see everyone in pink. While my diagnosis was not an easy topic to talk about, I wanted to share my journey with students and highlight to them that having a positive outlook can help you get through the toughest of times. I also wanted to highlight that it is also ok not to be ok and encouraged everyone to be kind to one another. The money raised will be split evenly between the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research in Qatar, where I received my treatment, and the Oddballs Foundation in the UK, who help raise awareness for testicular cancer. A huge thank you must also go to everyone who helped support such brilliant causes.”

Empathy and compassion being the most important qualities that contribute to successful learning and relationship building, we have yet again used Pink Day to celebrate these features. At the same time, we made sure that those who have been affected by cancer within our community – be it teachers, parents or friends of the members of our community – are supported, and the charities that we support are the ones that focus on cancer research.
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College

Doha College joined forces again with Specialised Medical Solutions Qatar, who provided a mammography screening mobile unit to the Al Waab campus for free testing, offered to female staff and parents aged 45 to 69.

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