Doha: Save the Dream received a major boost this week as The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa pledged its support by signing up to the Save the Dream Global Pact for Sport.
Signed over the weekend during a special reception organised in celebration of the United Nations Universal Children's Day at The Westin Doha, the signing of the Global Pact will see The Westin Doha support Save the Dream by promoting its projects and disseminating information to promote and protect sports values within its clients and partners.
Save the Dream is a global non-profit movement of organisations, people and athletes who believe in the power of sport to build more fair and inclusive societies and are therefore committed to promote and protect sports core values for the good of youth and future generations.
And its Global Pact for Sport is a voluntary network of supporters from the business sector committed to promoting the positive values of sport and Save the Dream’s mission within their wider networks and amongst their respective employees.
Speaking of the new membership, Gianrico Esposito, General Manager of The Westin Hotel said: “On behalf of The Westin Doha, we are delighted to support Save the Dream and sign up to the Global Pact for Sport. The Westin Hotel shares the objectives of Save the Dream, including that of making sport more accessible to people, particularly children, regardless their social and physical circumstance.
“The organisation of this reception in celebration of the United Nations Universal Children's Day is a first demonstration of our willingness to advocate, jointly with Save the Dream, on the rights of children, including their right to play, practice sport and learn from its values.”
Save the Dream Executive Director Massimiliano Montanari said: “On behalf of Save the Dream, I would like to thank The Westin Doha for its support and signing up to the Save the Dream Global Pact for Sport.
“Save the Dream strongly believes in the importance of the tourism industry in the dissemination of information on the importance of sport for youth, as well as on the protection of children from possible threats happening in the context of sport.
“As an example of this, hotels played a crucial role during the implementation of our “Proteja Brasil” project with UNICEF by alerting local authorities about situations which could pose a risk to children during the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games hosted by Brazil in 2014 and 2016.”