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Qatar: DESS Festive Fair 2014

Prestige Wealth Solutions (PWS), a leading International financial advisory group, partnered with Doha English Speaking School (DESS) to help promote the 2014 DESS Festive Fair.

DESS is a not-for-profit school and this event is their largest annual fund raiser. They reached out to a number of the best service-led companies in Doha to put together a great atmosphere for children to enjoy themselves, while allowing adults to take in some of the fantastic stalls, services and food on offer.

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The turnout was impressive; over 2,500 people were able to interact with other expats in Doha as well as being introduced to companies and services that they may not have previously been aware of.

‘For us, the response we got was fantastic. To be able to meet many new clients whilst partnering with a highly credible entity like DESS meant we could reach out to people directly and help point them in the right direction with regards to their financial planning requirements,’ said Nabeel Ashraf, Regional Managing Partner of PWS in Qatar.

‘Expats throughout the GCC region face similar problems with regards to tax planning, lack of employer provided retirement plans and frozen pensions at home in the UK. It is a huge privilege to come together with DESS to raise awareness of these issues in a welcoming, family-friendly environment.

The fact that we can help raise funds for DESS and give back to the community in which we operate is a real bonus, as this fits our business model perfectly,’ said Craig McConnon, Managing Director of PWS.

With a highly experienced team of financial advisers, PWS can offer expats perfectly tailored and independent financial planning globally. PWS Qatar is based in Palm Tower, Westbay, Doha. Please visit www.pws-intl.com for further information.

WeCare – the new Charity Partner of PWS

Prestige Wealth Solutions has announced its corporate support for WeCare, the newly formed Non-Governmental Organisation undertaking a humanitarian project in Nairobi, Kenya. As part of its support, PWS will be raising funds and awareness via different initiatives throughout the year – the first of which was a sponsored bungee jump in Dubai on May 30th.

Craig McConnon, Managing Director of PWS, explains why WeCare was chosen:

“We were actively looking for a good cause to support as a business when one of our advisers told me about the charity he and a group of friends had set up a year ago,” he said.

WeCare was established in December 2012 with the aim of providing the children of Victorious Joy with their own purpose built home and school. Once successful, further projects will be rolled out in other developing countries.

Victorious Joy is in Kahawa West, Nairobi. It is home to more than 50 children ranging between new born babies to young adults and is run by Mama Rose. The children may have been abandoned or abused, or their parents may be incapable of looking after them because of drug addiction or failing health.

Their current accommodation is a rented two bedroom bungalow with makeshift shack in the garden – the girls live inside while the boys live in the shack.

The new building project is being carried out in stages as and when funds are available. Stage one is to build an interim home on a small patch of land that has already been donated to Mama Rose. The proposed three storey building will then replace the existing accommodation (which was outgrown long ago).

The larger vision is for enough land to build an orphanage and separate school with dedicated sports field. Ideally this would include a field in which to grow crops and raise livestock, which would obviously help feed the children, but could provide enough left over to sell at market.

In addition to the Middle East, PWS operates in Nairobi and Cape Town and has recently opened new offices in Johannesburg. Geographically then, WeCare appears a perfect fit.

“I’m a great believer in giving back to the societies in which we operate and what better cause is there than children in need of daily food, a home to live in and an education?” Craig said. “I think WeCare has made a great start in helping Mama Rose and we at PWS are fully behind the initiative,” he said.