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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan dines with fans in Yorkshire

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Hosted by Mumtaz Leeds and Asian Express, Clarence Dock played host to some of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s biggest fans on Thursday 7th September.

The legendary qawwali singer-songwriter, met and dined with guests at the VIP event.

Rahat treated the 150 or so avid followers to hundreds of selfies at the grand setting of Mumtaz Leeds restaurant, and humbly answered any questions.

The award-winning singer was in the UK for his special 'Tribute Tour', where he performed some of his greatest Bollywood hits, as well as the music of his distinguished uncle and music tutor, qawwali maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.

A special award was also presented by Rahat at the dinner, coupled with a hug, to seven-year-old Dylan Avtar, who has raised over £2,500 for toys to gift to orphans in India, Pakistan and Great Britain.

Dylan, after being inspired by watching a film about orphans, turned around to his parents and said he wanted to make children who don’t have a mum and dad smile.

The primary school kiddo climbed England’s highest peak – Scafell Pike, ensuring he took with him to the summit, flags of India Pakistan and United Kingdom, in a great show of solidarity and love.

“Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of Pakistan’s greatest exports,” said one guest; “We should come out and celebrate the message of support for such celebrities – they’re doing a great job in dispelling stigmas and misconceptions.”

Another commented: “Music is a universal language. My 11-year-old may not perhaps understand all the lyrics, but she certainly hums to many songs in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. She’s thrilled to be here tonight dining with undoubtedly one of the biggest vocal stars in Bollywood.”

The event was sponsored by Asian Express Newspaper, Ice Scoop Gelato, Abu Bakr Superstores, Phantom the Lounge, SKR Solicitors and Avtar Properties.

Mumtaz Restaurant has played host to numerous celebrities over the years, and has even catered for Her Majesty The Queen.

 

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£70,000 pledged at charity dinner: Give a Gift on target for six-figure fundraising goal

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WELL ATTENDED: Over 250 guests gathered for the dinner, pledging £70,000 in donations through charity challenges

WELL ATTENDED: Over 250 guests gathered for the dinner, pledging £70,000 in donations through charity challenges

A charitable initiative, set up in Leeds three years ago to bring  Muslim communities together in aid of local charities , is preparing to hit its latest milestone in fundraising this year.

At the fourth annual Give a Gift dinner last weekend, over 250 guests piled into Aagrah Midpoint for a night of entertainment and charity pledges.

Organised to get guests involved with the charity challenges, those in attendance signed up for a range of activities, from climbing Ben Nevis and Mount Snowdon, to skydiving and coast-to-coast bike rides.

DISCUSSION: A number of speeches were given on the day including one by nine-year-old Margoux Barker

DISCUSSION: A number of speeches were given on the day including one by nine-year-old Margoux Barker

Even Asian Express founders, Nadim and Andleeb Hanif, have pledged to raise funds as they head thousands of feet into the sky before jumping out of planes with nothing but an instructor and parachute on their backs.

Give a Gift Ambassador, Rifhat Malik, was delighted with the number of pledges made at this year’s dinner, and is confident of surpassing all previous records.

“Every year we host the family dinner to get people involved with Give a Gift,” she said. “Last weekend we received around £70,000 in pledges alone, which will all go towards helping two great causes.”

She added: “We had fantastic entertainment on the night from the Leeds Bhangra Society Dancers and Haleema Khan - a young steel pan star.

“There were also speeches from parents whose children have been cared for by the two charities, and that really inspired a lot of us to get behind the pledges and volunteer ourselves.”

The Give a Gift initiative raises money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martin House Children’s Hospice.

A number of events have been held in recent years with the initiative culminating in the flagship Ramadan Toy Appeal.

Sharon Cheng, chief executive of Leeds Children's Heart Surgery Fund spoke of the importance of initiative such as Give a Gift.

She said: “CHSF are thrilled to be working with the Give a Gift Initiative for a fourth year.

“The relationship we have with the team is fantastic, they are very inspiring. The donations we have received so far from this community group have been extremely useful in terms of supporting the work we do.

“Thanks to all involved, we are extremely grateful and we look forward to the fundraising year and wish them every success.”

COMING TOGETHER: Give a Gift Family Dinner host, Ruby Malik, and ambassador, Bhranti Naik, are all smiles at the event

COMING TOGETHER: Give a Gift Family Dinner host, Ruby Malik, and ambassador, Bhranti Naik, are all smiles at the event

Martin House Community Fundraiser, Sarah Tarpey, added: “At Martin House we care for some of the most vulnerable children and families in Yorkshire, needing help and support at the most difficult of times. Already our families have benefitted from the generosity of Give A Gift, receiving donations in excess of £35,000 as well as huge numbers of toys and gifts; for which we are incredibly grateful.

“With most of our funding coming from voluntary donations, without the generosity of people like Give A Gift, quite simply, Martin House would simply cease to exist. We are proud of our association with Give A Gift and look forward to working with them again in the months ahead”

Having already raised £70,000 for the two causes in 2016, the money raised through the activities planned later this year will help the group surpass the £100,000 mark for the first time in their history.

If you would like to get involved with one of the Give a Gift fundraisers, please contact Rifhat Malik on 07711 623386.

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£30,000 raised for worthy causes

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DONATION: Vice-Chair of the Aagrah Group, Zaffar Iqbal, presents a £15,000 cheque to Jonathan Townsend of the Prince’s Trust

DONATION: Vice-Chair of the Aagrah Group, Zaffar Iqbal, presents a £15,000 cheque to Jonathan Townsend of the Prince’s Trust

Aagrah Business Dinner continues ‘changing lives’

The annual Aagrah Group of Restaurants Business Dinner returned for a 32nd year in October 2014 and as usual, the highly anticipated event proved a huge success raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Regarded as one of the biggest annual events on the corporate calendar, the evening was attended by more than 700 invited guests including leaders of regional, national and international businesses.

Each year a main beneficiary charity(s) is selected to be supported by the dinner, alongside supporting charities and in 2014, the Prince’s Trust and Mosaic were chosen.

Last month, both charities received their donations raised from the night, totalling £15,000 each.

SUPPORT: A cheque for the same value is presented to Mosaic representative, Jonathan Townsend from Aagrah Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE

SUPPORT: A cheque for the same value is presented to Mosaic representative, Jonathan Townsend from Aagrah Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE

Aagrah Group’s Vice-Chair, Zaffar Iqbal, presented one cheque to Jonathan Townsend of the Prince’s Trust whilst Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE, presented the separate donation to Mosaic’s Jonathan Freeman.

Aagrah’s Jannat Welfare International Trust, the charity wing of the Aagrah Group, also supports Alshifa eye hospital.

With generous support from Aagrah’s supplier partner, sponsors and supporters, the business has raised more than £1.6 million to date, which has been used to make a real difference to so many people.

Thanks to generous funding from events like the Business Dinner, The Prince’s Trust was able to help almost 5,000 disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire and the Humber to get their lives back on track last year.

Money raised helps the Trust’s work with 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed, and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion, giving them the skills and confidence to succeed.

The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.

Chantelle Gautier, a young person that had been supported by The Prince’s Trust and spoke at the Aagrah Charity Business Dinner said: “The Prince’s Trust helped me turn my life around; I didn’t want to be on the dole but was struggling to find work. Thanks to the Trust’s ‘Get into Customer Services’ programme I’m now working full-time in a job I love, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. Events like this help to fund programmes that really do change lives like mine.”

The annual Business Dinner started 32 years ago in memory of Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Group Chairman Mohammed Sabir MBE, Dbs.

Every year, money is raised for different regional, national and international charities with 70 per cent of all funds donated to UK charities and 30 per cent allocated to charities abroad.

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