Date(s) - 02 February 2014
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EQUATE Petrochemical Company and Kuwait Blind Association (KBA) extended an invitation to all members of the Kuwaiti society to attend the Painting Smiles 2 exhibition during February 5-8 to support persons with special needs, in particular the blind.
Speaking on the occasion, EQUATE VP for Technical Services and head of EQUATE CSR Program Mohammad Al Benali said, “EQUATE and KBA are pleased to invite all members of the Kuwaiti society to Painting Smiles 2 exhibition that will include artworks developed by KBA’s members, as well as several children and young individuals, nationals and expats, throughout Kuwait, with all proceeds from the exhibition being dedicated to KBA. This campaign is an extension to a previous campaign launched during 2012 in cooperation with the Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital (KACCH). EQUATE continuously works, through all activities, to embody its ‘Partners in Success’ tagline with all relevant stakeholders, especially in Kuwait, to apply sustainability principles at every level.”
On his part, KBA Chairman Fayez Al-Azmi said, “This partnership between EQUATE and KBA represents a great initiative to create community awareness about blind persons and the different skills they possess, such as having the ability to develop artworks. Visually impaired individuals are an integral part of the society, thus they have the same rights and duties as all other persons. In addition, I urgeall individuals and organizations in Kuwait to follow the footsteps of EQUATE in supporting the blind to implement the principle of social integration which constitutes a cornerstone for many activities by KBA. In conclusion, I would like to express utmost appreciation and gratitude to EQUATE for this campaign and its integral role in supporting KBA at several levels.”
With the slogan “Because We Care,” this campaign emphasizes the significance of supporting blind individuals in Kuwait through a partnership between KBA’s members and all functions at EQUATE to truly make Painting Smiles 2 a reality. Upon the conclusion of the campaign, an exhibition will be held from the 5th to the 8th of February 2014 at 360 Mall.
Since its inception in 1972 as a public society, Kuwait Blind Association (KBA) plays a critical role in supporting blind individuals in the State of Kuwait through various community and cultural activities. In addition to overcoming arising challenges that face blind individuals, KBA also continues to strengthen bonds with relevant Arab and international organizations.
Established in 1995, EQUATE is an international joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Commencing production in 1997, EQUATE is the single operator of a fully integrated world-scale manufacturing facility producing over 5 million tons annually of high-quality petrochemical products which are marketed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.
In recognition of its sustainability achievements, EQUATE has earned several prestigious honors, including His Highness the Amir Award for the Best Plant in Kuwait; The Gold Award in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) for Gulf private sector companies; The Award for Best Gulf Company in Recruiting Nationals; Arabian Business Best CSR Company Award; Oil & Gas (O&G) Middle East CSR Award; O&G Best Implemented Environmental Program of the Year; Middle East Chemical Week (MECW) Plant of the Year Award; as well as Kuwait’s CSR Award in the Industrial and Oil Sector. In addition, EQUATE has received the Highly Commended Best Community Program Award during the First Middle East CSR Award Summit.