Special Needs Children Shine at QNET Charity ConcertApr 28, 2012 17:08 SGT
More than 300 spectators that thronged the Theatre of the Young Spectator here, were wowed as they watched some 50 children perform songs, dances and drama in a unique concert organised by QNET as a community project.
The children, aged between six and 12, included those with special needs. They showcased 10 performances including traditional numbers.
QNET representative, Bernhard H. Mayer, said the performances were an achievement for the children.
“It is the first time they are coming before a large audience to display their talents in singing, dancing and acting, more so with such courage and confidence. It is something for all of us to be proud of,” he said.
He said the concert, which is the first of its kind to be organised here, was supported by the Almalinsky District Office and is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. Also lending support was QNET’s agency office in Kazakhstan, Diamond Agencies LLP.
QNET is one of the world’s fastest-growing online shopping and business communities, with some six million customers and independent representatives.
Mayer said organising the concert kept in line with its corporate philosophy called RYTHM, which means Raise Yourself To Help Mankind.
“Guided by this mission of serving the communities in which we operate, QNET is propelled to carry out CSR initiatives all over the world, including in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia,” he said.
Mayer noted that in Kazakhstan itself, QNET had previously embarked on two separate CSR initiatives in the Almaty region.
“In 2010, we donated a desperately needed school bus for the Regional Special Boarding School for Hearing Impaired Children in Taldykurgan.
“That same year, we also provided emergency supplies to flood victims in the village of Kyzyl-Agash, where 39 people lost their lives and over a thousand were made homeless when a reservoir broke its dam,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Head of Almalinsky District Office, M.U. Pribenkov commended QNET for its efforts and called on more international corporations to follow the company’s lead.
“QNET has set an excellent example for other international corporations to emulate, and we hope they will also come forward with CSR initiatives of their own.
“Every CSR project is important because by coming together, the government, businesses and community organisations can move our nation forward,” he said.