Guests included Wilfried Zaha, Katie Piper, Jessica Wright, AJ Pritchard, Mamadou Sakho, Oumar Niasse, Marlon Harewood, Carlton Cole, Callum Wilson, Emma Samms, Vick Hope, Hayley McQueen, Katharine McPhee, Kimberley Garner, Danny Jones, Lara Pradelska, Jeff Mostyn, Melody Thornton and many more.
With performances by the Jack Pack, Richard Jones, DJ Josh Parkinson and The Lalas.
The inaugural Football for Peace by Global Gift Foundation initiative dinner took place last night, hosted by young presenter Braydon Bent and TV star Jessica Wright.
The evening saw a whole host of stars from the worlds of football, music, fashion and television join together to raise funds and make a difference to the lives of children and women around the world.
The black-tie event took place at the Corinthia Hotel London, guests enjoyed a 3-course dinner accompanied by Taittinger champagne and D1 London spirits.
Harry Redknapp, who was unable to attend due to illness, was presented via video with the Global Gift Humanitarian Award.
Wilfried Zaha was presented with the Philanthropist Award after revealing that 10 per cent of his monthly earnings are donated to charity.
Jeff Mostyn, Bournemouth AFC Chairman, Trustee of Football for Peace, said:
“I am delighted to accept this award on Harry’s behalf for the work he and Sandra have done in the community.
“I am honoured to have the privilege to be an ambassador for Football for Peace. The work we do at AFC Bournemouth is very much community based, every single week our community trust go into the community and we teach over 4,000 children the pitfalls of anti-social behaviour, of alcohol and drug abuse, internet grooming and the pitfalls of racial abuse.
“When I met Kash I thought, why can’t we transform this onto the global stage. Whatever it takes to eradicate all the causes that I’ve mentioned above, to join people together in peace and harmony, to help underprivileged children, young men and women not only in war-torn countries but in areas of deprivation in our own country.”
Maria Bravo, Founder of the Global Gift Foundation, said:
“At the Global Gift Foundation, we recognise the importance of supporting women, children and the underprivileged in communities around the world.
“It is an honour to work alongside an organisation like Football for Peace which is groundbreaking within its own industry, yet champions similar messages to ours, messages of unity and diversity at a time when we all need to come together.”
Kash Siddiqi, Co-Founder of Football for Peace, said:
“Football brings people together – in the professional game – on the terraces – in parks, back gardens, playgrounds, in conflict zones – anywhere big enough to kick a ball around. And because it brings people together – from all backgrounds, religions and countries – it creates friendships, bonds and opens up dialogue between people.
“I believe women have a critical role to play in this understanding because they are such strong role models and root of our communities. Behind every great success, there is always a strong woman! Tonight is no exception – Maria Bravo and I share an amazing vision. I am personally grateful for this partnership between Football for Peace and Global Gift Gala as we aim to take this joint initiative around the world! I hope you are all also as excited to come on this journey with us!”
Jessica Cleaver, a Young Peace Leader who took part in the educational programme in Birmingham said:
“We have witnessed far too many tragedies recently that have stemmed from rivalries that could have been prevented, we have seen a rise in hate crime because individuals don’t understand enough about each other’s cultures and ways of living and this can’t continue.
“The Young people of today don’t just change our tomorrow, they sculpt our future. This is why the Young Peace leaders programme delivered by football for peace is so crucial in helping our young people fight against the Violence, Hate Crime and misunderstanding present today in our Communities.”
The Global Gift Initiative is a unique international programme from the Global Gift Foundation, a charity founded by Maria Bravo that is dedicated to philanthropic events worldwide; to help raise funds and make a difference towards children and women across the globe.
Football for Peace is a movement that brings people together and creates understanding; empowering more tolerant and resilient communities through football. It also delivers an educational programme for youths, ‘Football Saves Lives’, delivered to shift attitudes and help support young people who are at risk of being exposed to hate crime, violence, mental health issues and radical ideologies among other things.