In support of the community’s environmental activities, Qatar Steel organized on 19/11/2011 a beach cleaning drive in Al-Wakra, in cooperation with Al Wakra Municipality.
About 150 employees from the company have volunteered to participate in this event, which was held under the slogan “preserving the environment is one of our most important goals.”
Al Qadisiya Model local primary school for boys has joined Qatar Steel in this drive, with about 50 volunteers.
Qatar Steel’s environmental policy aims at preserving the environment and maintaining its cleanliness. As a rule, it communicates with various environmental bodies and authorities, to develop an environmental awareness culture in the society, and to warn all the individuals of the dangers of waste dumps in the coastal areas.
Shuttle buses were arranged by the company to transport volunteers to the shore site in Al-Wakra. Volunteers were provided with cleaning tools and equipment, such as gloves garbage bags and hats. Drinking water and snacks were also served for the volunteers.
The Public Relations&Communication Department supervised the event, which included some activities relating to environment, such as giving awareness presentations, distributing leaflets that educate the public about the dangers of throwing wastes in the sea and its adverse effects on the fish and marine life in general, and also the distortions they cause to the whole scenery.
Different wastes including wooden, plastic and glass items were collected and removed. Some give away gifts were given to the school volunteers and other children for encouragement and in appreciation for their participation in the cleaning drive.
On this occasion, Mr. Ahmed Abdul Aziz Al-Ansari, Commercial Division Manager said, “This campaign is part of the country’s official environmental policy that seeks to protect the marine environment and the cleanliness of beaches in Qatar. Such a drive aims at combining all efforts to maintain the beauty of our shores and to keep them clean from any harmful wastes that might damages the marine life or have bad impacts on the scenery.
Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Roomi, Public Relations & Communications Manager at Qatar Steel expressed his pleasure to organize this drive, and thanked the employees for their quick response to take part in this activity, which stems from their interest and awareness about environment protection. He hoped that such drives should continue, to urge the community to contribute to the environment protection. He called upon all the educational institutions to spread environmental education in schools, in order to raise environmental awareness among our children, promote awareness of the environmental issues, and strengthen their spirit of social responsibility and the necessity to apply and respect all environmental laws.