Legendary South Asian Qawali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the world’s most acclaimed South Asian musicians has joined Barnardo’s as an international ambassador. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan accepted the offer after topping the bill at the charity’s Annual Gala Dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Saturday 18th November 2017. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan becomes the second international ambassador to join Barnardo’s, after Bollywood super-star Salman Khan pledged his support in September, urging the South Asian community to support Barnardo’s work with vulnerable children and young people across the UK.
The renowned Pakistani singer played a 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. Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “It’s a huge honour that 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.
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.”
About Rahat Fatah Ali Khan
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.
Last year 272,000 children, young people and parents were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes. Visit www.barnardos.org.uk to find out more.