EID Gala Event 2016 – with the British Asian Trust
An incredible £75,000 was raised on the night, boosting the Appeal total to more than half a million pounds.
Lead by much loved comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, the evening was packed with powerful performances, entertainment and was attended by over 300 distinguished guests from the worlds of business and politics, including Rushanara Ali MP and Shabana Mahmood MP.
BBC News Presenter and British Asian Trust ambassador Asad Ahmad highlighted some of the stories of the remarkable women he met on a recent visit to Pakistan, where he learned more about the positive impact of our work on their lives.
Creative Director Mohammed Ali and his team, collectively known as Soul City Arts gave a unique and compelling performance to help audiences better understand the problems faced by people suffering from mental health related issues. The piece entitled ‘State of Mind’ highlighted the confusion and isolation felt by people like Shama, a young woman with schizophrenia who’s moving story has been at the heart of our Appeal.
However, the evening was also an opportunity to celebrate the enormous contributions to public life and charitable giving made by the British Muslim community. In this spirit, the hit comedians Bilal Zaffar and Paul Chowdhry delighted guests with their brilliant stand-up acts.
Overall an astounding total of £506k was raised across the campaign, Iftar events and the Eid Gala dinner. Thank you for all your support on this amazing campaign and look forward to your further engagement on our Networks journey.
Main photography by: Hafeez Saeed – firstname.lastname@example.org / http://hafeezsaeed.com/
Supporting photographer: Frazer Owen – 07971 612 365