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Legendary South Asian Qawali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan becomes Barnardo’s International Ambassador

Release Date: 21 Nov 2017

One of the world’s most acclaimed South Asian musicians has joined Barnardo’s as an international ambassador, in a huge boost for the children’s charity.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan accepted the offer after topping the bill at the sell-out Annual Gala Dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel for the UK’s South Asian community to support Barnardo’s work with vulnerable children and young people across the UK.

Pictures of the event are available to download at: https://barnardosuk.sharefile.eu/d-sada076f73d54dcfa

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan becomes the second international ambassador to join Barnardo’s, after Bollywood super-star Salman Khan pledged his support in September.

The renowned Pakistani singer played a mesmerising set of traditional Qawali music in front of celebrity guests including Barnardo’s ambassadors Andy Serkis, Nicola Roberts, Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas, along with new supporters including celebrated musician Naughty Boy and top TV presenter Sonali Shah.

The gala on November 18 raised funds for Barnardo’s and was put together by live events specialists PME with the theme of “It’s time to give back”, giving the UK’s South Asian community the chance to support vulnerable children, young people and families from all backgrounds across the UK.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

It’s a huge honour that Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has agreed to become Barnardo’s International Ambassador.  The maestro comes from a 600 year old family heritage of Qawali singing and has a huge global following and influence.

He was very generous in his praise for Barnardo’s work to help vulnerable children and young people - last year alone we reached 272,000 children, young people, carers and parents.

Barnardo’s works in a wide range of communities across the UK.  From our earliest days over 150 years ago, Barnardo’s has been proud to help those who need us most, regardless of cultural or religious background. We have always valued and respected diversity at our core. Britain’s Asian communities have made a huge contribution to UK life, and helped develop a respect for and tolerance of difference, making this great country a vibrant place in which to live and work.

The singer was presented with his international ambassador certificate by Barnardo’s Board of Trustees Chairman Tony Cohen.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said:

I’m honoured to become an international ambassador for Barnardo’s as I know how hard the charity works to support vulnerable children, young people, carers and parents of all backgrounds in the UK, including those with South Asian roots.

It was wonderful to be able to perform in the intimate setting of the Dorchester Hotel and raise funds for Barnardo’s, and I’m looking forward to working with the charity so that more children who have experienced tough situations in the past can look forward to a better future.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Pictures of the event are available to download at: https://barnardosuk.sharefile.eu/d-sada076f73d54dcfa

Picture captions

32: TV presenter Sonali Shah arrives at the Annual Gala Dinner in support of Barnardo’s Children’s charity at the Dorchester Hotel

51: Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan (centre, back) with guests from the UK’s South Asian community who are supporting the children’s charity at the Annual Gala Dinner

53/54: Barnardo’s ambassador Nicola Roberts arrives at the Annual Gala Dinner in support of the children’s charity at the Dorchester Hotel

89/90: Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan with the charity’s ambassadors Debbie Douglas and Lydia Bright at the Dorchester Hotel

102: Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan with the charity’s ambassadors Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne

150: Barnardo’s international ambassador Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan arrives at the Annual Gala Dinner in support of the children’s charity at the Dorchester Hotel

178: Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan addresses guests from the UK’s South Asian community

197: Bollywood Flex dance troupe perform at the Annual Gala Dinner in support of Barnardo’s Children’s charity at the Dorchester Hotel

211/213/225: Barnardo’s international ambassador Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performs at the Annual Gala Dinner in support of the children’s charity at the Dorchester Hotel

243: Barnardo’s international ambassador Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan receives his certificate with Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan and Board of Trustees Chairman Tony Cohen

251: Musician and Barnardo’s supporter Naughty Boy (right) with fellow guests at the Annual Gala Dinner in support of the children’s charity at the Dorchester Hotel

For higher resolution images or more information please contact dan.hodges@barnardos.org.uk or call 07887 737 048.

About Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Ustad Rahat Fatah Ali Khan has a worldwide following,  coming from a  family with 600 years of heritage in Qawali, a classical form of devotional Sufi music.

About Barnardo's

Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest and oldest children’s charity. Established in 1866, last year it helped 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers.

The charity runs more than 1,000 services across the UK. Its children’s centres were last year used by more than 180,000 people and it offered mental health and wellbeing support to more than 21,000 people.

Barnardo’s gives specialist support to children and young people who have been sexually exploited, young people who are leaving care, young carers and children who have a parent in prison.

Barnardo’s  is the UK’s largest UK voluntary adoption agency and the largest not-for-profit fostering agency.


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