15 Apr 2022 | UK
The Amir Khan Foundation’s Grand Iftar - the largest ballroom iftar in the UK - was held at The Dorchester - London’s prestigious Park Lane hotel - on Friday 15th April 2022.
The Amir Khan Foundation’s black-tie iftar raised funds for the charity’s Ukraine emergency appeal to deliver assistance on the ground to those most in need. Alongside its implementation partner the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the foundation has been facilitating the delivery of food and healthcare, both in Ukraine and its bordering countries, for the millions who have been displaced.
Founder Amir Khan and the charity’s trustee, Faryal Makhdoom, were in attendance on the night and referenced the importance of supporting those most vulnerable in their time of need. The two-time world boxing champion commented on his recent outreach trip to Poland, during which he visited Ukrainian refugees to witness first-hand the impact of the conflict on the millions who have been displaced. “As a father, it is heartbreaking to witness the devastation of the Ukrainian people, but specifically the children,” said the boxing champion. “It is my hope that the playground we sponsored in Poland and the funds raised tonight will provide them with some well-deserved respite at such a difficult time.”
The Grand Iftar treated guests to a three-course meal courtesy of Sapna Caterers who specialise in innovative, luxury South-Asian cuisine. The evening's programme began with a recitation of the Quran by superstar Harris J, and was hosted by BBC and Premier League sports presenter, Reshmin Choudhry.
Guests were entertained by world-class auctioneer Jonny Gould, who auctioned off grand prizes such as an exclusive seven-night stay in the Caribbean, signed Mike Tyson gloves and Swarovski encrusted artwork by San B.
International singing sensation Mesut Kurtis graced the stage with his band to deliver an iconic performance of the ‘Burdah’. Later, comedian Patrick Monahan had the audience in stitches with his hilarious set.
A wide roster of VIPs on the guest list included former boxers David Haye and Derek ‘War’ Chisora, former England cricketers Monty Panesar and Saj Mahmood, radio presenter and DJ, Neev Spencer, musician Sophia Saffarian, and a host of social media influencers.
Indian street-food restaurateur, Chaiiwala, was the headline partner for the leading iftar and was joined by event partners Awakening Music, Coco, Enchanted by Syma, Middle Eight Hotel, Regal Foods, Sapna Caterers, The Date Company London and Zee5. Refine Events, the British Pakistan Foundation, Calibar, Spectrum Events and Tekk Group were also supporting partners on the night.