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Announcement: Film Stars to be Honoured at Inaugural Doha 21st Century Leaders Awards

Film stars Josh Hartnett and Sir Ben Kingsley and film makers Danny Boyle and Christian Colson will be the first recipients of a Doha 21st Century Leader Awards to be presented in a special gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt Doha in Qatar on 30 October.

The 21st Century Leaders Foundation, in partnership with the Friends of the Environment Center and Qatar Charity, will host the awards and a series of events that will help to raise awareness of humanitarian and environmental causes.

The 21st Century Leaders Foundation was started in 2003 by Charlotte di Vita MBE and leverages the influence of well-known figures of popular culture to promote and encourage positive change for humanitarian and environmental issues facing the world today.

Doha 21st Century Leaders will launch in Qatar on 28 October 2009 with various events hosted by the Grand Hyatt Doha.

The first event is the Whatever It Takes To Make A Difference Experience which will run from 28-31 October. The experience is a unique art, shopping and cafe space at the Grand Hyatt Doha which includes exclusive Whatever It Takes products. Whatever It Takes is a cause-related product campaign which involves more than 600 celebrities or leaders in their field who officially become a 21st Century Leader Ambassadors. As an ambassador they create an original piece of art with a strong message of hope. This artwork is then designed into a variety of environmentally sustainable lifestyle products, created through ethical employment in developing countries.

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For more information please contact : Patsy Bateman (English) on patsy@21stcentury-leaders.org or +974 3233935

Farah Faisal Aburamadan (Arabic) on FAburamadan@Bell-Pottinger.co.uk or +974 582 4582

21st Century Leaders Foundation
Founded by Charlotte di Vita in 2003, when Nelson Mandela appointed her as a Goodwill Ambassador to his Children’s Fund, the 21st Century Leaders Foundation aims to leverage the influence of leaders in their field and popular culture to cause positive change.

21st Century Leaders Foundation’s mission is to assist and encourage a generation of influencers – royalty, Nobel peace prize laureates, and well-known figures in the fields of film, music, fashion, art and literature – to raise awareness and funds for international development causes, thereby leading the way in promoting positive environmental and sustainable human development solutions.

Friends of the Environment Center (FEC)
Friends of the Environment Center (FEC) was established in 1992 in Doha as a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to environmental protection and conservation. FEC aims to play an effective role in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with the environment in the State of Qatar., to maximise environmental safety, health and natural beauty and to reach the best possible level of sustainable development for the enjoyment and well-being of man.

The center depends on voluntary work to carry out its activities. It is a member of the Arab Federation for Youth and Environment and has been designated as the Regional Coordination Office for the GCC countries. It is a founder member of the Gulf’s NGOs Environmental Network and maintains active cooperation with several regional and international organisations, in particular UNEP, UNESCO and ROPME.

Qatar Charity
Qatar Charity (QC) is a non-government organisation which was established in 1992 in order to support the Qatari society and other needy communities abroad. Its mission is to support the abilities of the most needy groups to fulfil human dignity and social justice in cooperation with partners. Its vision is to be an example, a pioneering, distinguished Islamic institution which combines originality, creativity and professionalism in the field of humanitarian aid and development. QC is one of the largest charities in the Gulf, its activities covering more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, through its registered field offices in various countries or local civil societies as implementing partners. QC is registered in Qatar and governed by law No (2) of 1974, which is amended by decree-law No (17) 1989, and law No (8) of 1998, which regulates work of private societies and foundations. QC has been in consultative status with UN ECOSOC since 1997.

Whatever It Takes
Whatever It Takes is a unique artwork campaign launched by 21st Century Leaders Foundation. Over 600 leaders in the worlds of fashion, film, television, art, music and sport, have donated their artworks and have signed messages of hope for the future. This artwork is used to design and create a variety of lifestyle products which are then sold to raise funds through 4000 retail partners which includes Harrods, Selfridges, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Lane Crawford and David Jones amongst others. Whatever It Takes works closely with their leaders to assist and encourage a generation of influencers to take ownership, engage in positive action, raise awareness among their communities, and champion the solutions to poverty and environmental degradation. Whatever It Takes raises funds for key global development causes, including poverty alleviation, the protection of children, and environmental conservation.

Grand Hyatt Doha
Blending traditional and modern architecture, Grand Hyatt Doha is a business hotel in the new district of West Bay Lagoon. A mix used complex of 249 guestrooms and 91 residences including 39 suites and 43 executive club rooms. It boasts of four restaurants that are individually designed with show kitchens featuring international cuisines, a lobby lounge and a bar with walk-in cigar room. The hotel has extensive conferences facilities in 11 meeting rooms and a 1,500 sq m ballroom. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities including a Hyatt Pure day spa, private beach, three outdoor swimming pools and health club with indoor lap pool.

For more information about the hotel and to make a reservation, call +974 448 1234 or visit doha.grand.hyatt.com