One Family’s Iftar at The Savoy returned to the Savoy, as guests from 27 different countries came together to raise funds for our Refugee Fund.
The event, in partnership with the Hemraj Goyal Foundation, brought together an audience of dignitaries, business leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities and philanthropists from diverse backgrounds and was supported by Arc Management Consulting, Awakening Records, Bateel International, Clyde & Co, Hallmark Care Homes, Maisha Design, Madhus, Ria Money Transfer, and Turkish Airlines.
During the evening, One Family’s Chair, Sharif Banna MBE, reflected on the charity’s impact since launching in 2017. “Over the last 12 months, we have incubated and launched over 10 new initiatives designed to channel technology for a higher purpose: transforming people’s lives. We’ve established strategic partnerships with world-leading organisations and high impact local partners. This is just the beginning.”
Presented by sports broadcaster Manish Bhasin, the evening put a spotlight on the Syrian conflict and raised critical awareness and funding for those affected by the conflict. Throughout the event, the voices of Syrian refugees were celebrated, with 8-year-old Syrian peace campaigner sharing her wish for peace, alongside a poetry reading and viola recital from Syrian refugees living in the UK.
The audience was treated to a performance by internationally renowned spoken word artist Hussain Manawer, while Awakening’s latest music artist Eman, gave a beautiful performance of “Rise Up” and Maher Zain, the multi-platinum selling star, performed “One Day,” a moving song specially written for refugees.