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Qatar Charity to attempt world record for most donated clothes

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With reporting from Ankita Menon

Qatar is home to dozens of world records, including world’s longest thank-you letter to a ruler, biggest squash racket and most recently, world’s largest draped flag.

Next week, the country hopes to also break the Guinness World Record for most clothes gathered for charity in 24 hours.

Qatar Charity

The current record is 12.5 tons, achieved in Hanoi, Vietnam last year. Qatar Charity aims to smash that by collecting 14 tons (in two 20-foot containers) of clothes between April 26th and April 27th.

It plans to send what is collected to the Philippines, the Central African Republic and Yemen. According to a Qatar Charity representative who spoke to Doha News, Asian, Arab and African nations were chosen so that everyone would share and participate in the event.

The collection drive starts at 5pm at the Aspire Zone, where the charity will work with Qatar-based youth group Mission20 to collect, process and pack clothes donated into containers.

Speaking to Doha News, a Mission20 member said:

“By going for the world record, it creates competition, but for a good cause. Maybe by seeing Qatar, other countries will also get interested.”

There will also be activities for families and children. Organizers ask that the clothes be washed and preferably ironed. Here’s a helpful tip sheet on what the protocol is for donating clothes if you’ve never done it before.

For those who want to participate and don’t have any clothes to donate, Mission20 is asking volunteers to sign up on its website to help receive and package clothes. There are also shifts for photographing the event. You can sign up to be a volunteer here.

Who’s planning on taking part? Thoughts?

Note: This article has been updated to reflect revised goals of organizers, who are now aiming to collect 14 tons instead of 21 tons of clothes.

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Win
Win
6 years ago

Superlatives tend to dilute the whole purpose of the exercise.

Laibach
Laibach
6 years ago

Volunteers? No problem – my driver and one of my housemaids are on their way 🙂

Net-guy
Net-guy
6 years ago

Good idea, but seems to be a bit sanctimonious.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

why do u need to make a record for a good cause

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

You should understand by now that it’s about appearances in anything they do. Not for the cause, the press and limelight only. And it matters what you donate. In an “event” like this if I were to bring my old underwear they’d take it. For the sake of the record.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I for one will find it amusing to watch Filipino survivors of the hurricane walking round in thobes and abayas

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Mimh..good..atleast they will learn to know how kind hearted the thobes and abayas are and if allah give them hidayat definitely they would help others about the importance of thobe and abaya that how protective it is

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Do they protect against typhoons and tsunamis? Wow!

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

that and work

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

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Smile
Smile
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

MIMH, with your wealth of experience and comments on dohanews i assume that you should know it plans to send what is collected to the Philippines, the Central African Republic and Yemen. So, the thobes and abayas will probably go to Yemen and maybe Central African Republic as there are Muslims who wear thobes and abaya in these country’s and others like casual wears goes to the Philippines.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Smile

Nah they should mix it up. Yemenis wearing t shirts saying ‘my second wife went to Doha and all I got was this lousy t shirt’ with the Filipinos wearing Thobes and no underwear sitting in a bar.

Smile
Smile
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Lol…this MIMH is a very funny dude, sometimes one need not to take you seriously sir.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago

The national PR machine really needs an overhaul………………

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

CHARITY IS DONE IN SILENCE and not by showing off the world! Pathetic

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