Sheikha Al Thani ( President of SATUC and WFUNF Goodwill Ambassador )
Sheikha Sheikha Al-Thani President of SATUC : Growing up between Egypt , the UK and the US , Sheikha was deeply affected by all the unnecessary suffering in the world when she was only a child herself.
At the tender age of 14, Sheikha decided to found SATUC and has since dedicated her life to improving the lives of marginalized and disadvantaged children. In her bid to raise awareness and offer her support, Sheikha has already engaged in charitable work in places as far afield as Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sudan to name but a few. Despite her travels Sheikha has always been mindful that charity begins at home and has devoted a lot of her time to projects closer to her bases in London and Cairo, including: working with disabled children from Sense Scotland, supporting various children’s hospitals in Egypt and organising a country – wide football tournament for orphans and underprivileged children in 2014.
Sheikha is very aware how lucky she has been in her life and she is determined to make the most of the gifts she has been granted to help those who are less fortunate. Since being founded in 2013, SATUC has supported a plethora of grassroots projects worldwide. It is Sheikha’s personal goal and SATUC’s mission to eliminate social injustice and poverty from the world and to provide a brighter future for the most disadvantaged children. In a phrase, SATUC’s goal is to give hope to the hopeless, and Sheikha will never give up on her mission.
Sheikha Althani was granted an honorary doctorate and was named WFUNF Goodwill Ambassador for her great efforts in serving orphaned children worldwide. WFUNF agreed to carry out common projects for the orphaned children with her. Sheikha is very humble about her endeavours and is always touched whenever her organization’s work is recognized.
Upon receiving her honorary doctorate and ambassadorship from The United Nations, she expressed, “I can only find happiness when I see smiles on the faces of children… they demand very little and that is why I work hard to send a message to the whole world that a smile on the face of an orphaned child after winning 1st place in a tournament far surpasses winning wars and shedding blood!”
Sheikha won for SATUC, the award (Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award) for being a great charitable foundation, not solely through the sporting successes the organization has helped to realise, but also for work in all charitable social aspects. Of course, some of our children have even been signed to football clubs due to our work, and we continue to fight to change the lives of our children.
In January 2016 Sheikha was awarded honorary membership of WKPFCAF (World Kick Punch Fu Combat Art Federation) in Kuwait.
On 5th of May 2016, Sheikha was presented with an Honorary Black Belt and awarded a Certificate of Shodan (1st Dan Black belt) by the Georgian National Karate Federation and an MMA belt while visiting Georgia for the World Martial Arts Games this year.
In June 2017 Sheikha was registered as the President of the Qatar Karate Federation with WUKF (World Union of Karate-Do Federations) and as a Shodan (1st Dam Black belt) with the Federation.
In July 2017 Sheikha received an official position of Vice president of the Georgian National Karate Federation.
Sheikha’s love of the sport is no secret, and she uses this passion to drive her in her charitable work. Children who have encountered hardship and difficulties in life are always on Sheikha’s mind. She is adamant that sport is a means of achieving new levels of cooperation as well as providing meaning to one’s life. She believes that each one of these children has special gifts that should be nurtured, and is constantly in touch with the ever-growing network of charities, orphanages, ambassadors and even politicians who share her common goal. Many people believed in and supported her, and those people are what Sheikha likes to call ‘the pillars of SATUC’.
SHEIKHA ALTHANI WFUNF Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors