Girls on the Go, Qatar's Blog

Saturday, February 5th, 2011, Girls on the Go was involved in a Fun Fair at Hyatt Universal School in Doha.

What a wonderful time was had by all. Children of all ages came to see what was going on at our booth. It was amazing how children who had never even tried a hula hoop became pros within a short amount of time. Check out this young boy who tried it for the first time.

And then here is his brother who was an old pro.

Contests were held at hour intervals with prizes such as Vodafone hats, Scholastic books in English and Frisbees from Sports Corner. Everyone wanted to try to win something.

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Hyatt Universal will be running girls on the go starting this month.  Comments from the parents were positive and the kids had a ball.

Girls on the Go from Qatar Academy had tons of fun making their own sandwiches as Subway in Doha.  Looks like fun doesn’t it?  Subway has kindly joined us as one of our sponsors.   Thank you Subway!!

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Qatar Academy second and third graders show their jump roping skills.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls on the Go! at Qatar Academy enjoy a stress free session of basic yoga.

Christina Zini approached me a couple of months ago with an amazing story and a sizable contribution to Girls on the Go! Qatar in memory of her mother who inspired her to live a healthy life.  I am grateful for her generosity.   It’s women like Christina and her mother that will help us make a difference in the lives of young girls in Qatar.

Please listen to her story.

On September 26, 2010, my beloved mom, Bonnie Zini, would have turned 63 years old.  Earlier this year, she passed away after an 8 year battle with ovarian cancer.  Needless to say, I’ve been mourning the loss of my beloved mom and dear friend over the last several months, missing deeply each and every day.

 

As her birthday approached in September, I wanted to keep her spirit alive and remember her in a unique way.  I thought about the values that my mom espoused, how she lived her life, what was important to her and the mark that she wanted to make on the world.  As my mom was a mother to two daughters, a lifelong teacher and a fitness enthusiast, a donation to support Girls On the Go, Qatar seemed like a perfect tribute to my mom’s earthly life.  On her birthday, I made a donation in her memory to help Girls On Go, Qatar continue with its efforts to help young girls develop healthy lifestyles.

 

I hope that the girls who participate in Girls On the Go, Qatar, are just as inspired to live healthy, active lives as I was inspired by mom.  My mom always ensured my sister and I ate nutritious meals, with occasional treats on special occasions.  She encouraged us to play outside and participated in sports, dance and other activities.  Most of all, she worked very hard to instil a positive self-esteem, despite all of the negative messages from the media around us.  She wanted us to love and respect our bodies, appreciating what we’d been given instead of trying to conform to American media’s image of thinness and beauty.  I’ll always be grateful to my mom for teaching me so much about healthy eating habits, encouraging me to enjoy exercise and reinforcing the importance of loving the skin I’m in.

 

Wishing Girls on the Go, Qatar, much success and pleasure as you expand your initiative and inspire more girls to develop into healthy, active and strong women!

 

Christina Zini

September 2010

 

Girls on the Go! Qatar was out in full force at the community fun day ‘Heels and Wheels” aimed at encouraging the residents of Qatar to get out into the fresh air and participate in healthy activity. The event took place on the Corniche near the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Booths of all kinds were set up to provide information and activities that will help everyone live a healthy lifestyle. The Girls on the Go booth provided jump ropes, hula hoops and ribbon sticks to encourage the children to move their bodies for exercise. Hundreds of children went through our booth and had a great time playing with the jump ropes and hula hoops.

We had a ton of fun with the kids and raised awareness for the need to educate today’s youth about living a healthy life in order to prevent tomorrow’s health problems.

Three times each day the GGQ booth held jump roping and hula hooping contests for prizes.

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I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me on this blog.  I’ve been busy getting the schools ready and launching the program in the schools.  I’m happy to say that it is finally done.  We had our launch yesterday for a group of teachers, moms, kids and friends.  I’ve attached the press release below and some photos.  I will be adding a photo montage tomorrow.

I’m hoping I’ll have a lot more time now to devote to this blog.  I’ll be in the schools talking to the coaches and the girls and getting loads of pictures.  So keep your eyes open for my next post.

PRESS RELEASE

GIRLS ON THE GO! TEACHES YOUNG GIRLS IT’S FUN TO BE FIT

Vodafone’s ‘World of Difference’ project program promotes healthy lifestyles for young girls in Qatar

Doha Qatar, 30 October 2010: Girls on the Go! Qatar, an initiative of Vodafone’s World of Difference program was launched today at the Compass International School, with over 50 guests and members of the media attending.

Girls on the Go! Qatar kicked off its first season on October 3rd with 120 girls in three participating schools. The eight-week after school youth development program educates, motivates and inspires pre-teen girls to live a healthy life.  Run by school and community volunteers, Girls on the Go! Qatar educates the girls about healthy eating and building character through interactive and fun activities.

Speaking at the launch ceremony Margaret Gigliotti, a former teacher with a passion for healthy living, and current Girls on the Go! Qatar program director, said: “After the launch of the successful pilot project earlier this year, I was absolutely thrilled with the response that I have gotten from schools and the girls. I am extremely grateful to Vodafone and their World of Difference program that allowed me to follow my passion for education and healthy living and to share it with Qatar.”

Vodafone Qatar is proudly supporting “Girls on the Go, Qatar” continues Luisa Gentile, Head of Vodafone Qatar Corporate Social Responsibility. “in alignment with Qatar 2030 vision, we are glad to sustain an initiative that meet the needs of future generations by improving the health of young girls, helping them to develop positive habits that will stay with them into adulthood and prevent health problems such as obesity”.

“Our school is excited to be a part of this opportunity,” said Pauline Markey, principal of the participating Compass International School.  “The girls at Compass are extremely enthusiastic about the program, and we look forward to more girls getting involved,” added Markey.

Ian Johnson, Senior School Athletic Director at Qatar Academy, another participating school, added: “We feel that the Girls on the Go ideas and activities have the potential to make a difference in the lives of our female students. As activity levels drop off for many girls at around this age, providing education about a healthy lifestyle with fun practical activities has a lot of merit.”

Girls on the Go! is sponsored by Subway who provided healthy sandwiches, Sports Corner who provide the sports equipment, and Nicole Van Hattem of Abundant Living who offers her expertise as a health and life coach.

To learn more about Girls on the Go! Qatar visit Margaret Gigliotti’s blog at qatarhealth.wordpress.com.

About “World of Difference”

World of Difference is a flagship program part of “Better World”; Vodafone Qatar’s Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

The ‘World of Difference’ is a unique flagship project for several Vodafone companies across the world.  While many people dream of ‘making difference’, constraints of time and money often curb the extent to which that dream can become a reality.

  • The program is about connecting passionate people to a local need, so they can complete a project that will make a sustained difference to the lives of others. In fact, it does enable individuals to work for a charity cause and be paid.
  • Launched in 2002, by the end of 2010, 700 people will have taken – or be taking – part all over the world number of Vodafone operating companies around the world.
  • To date, more than 100 projects have been completed, which have positively impacted the lives of thousands of people around the world.

About Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C.

Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. (“Vodafone Qatar”) is the holder of the Second Public Mobile and Fixed Networks and Services License in the State of Qatar.

Vodafone Qatar’s purpose is to “Make a World of Difference for All People in Qatar” by aiming to become “the most admired company in Qatar.”

Please visit www.vodafone.com.qa for more details.

For press enquiries, please contact:

Lana Khachan

E-mail: lana.khachan@vodafone.com

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