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Over 600 guests attended Muslim Aid’s 25th Anniversary dinner at the Natural History Museum in London on 24 March 2010. Speeches were given by Northern Ireland Secretary, Shaun Woodward MP; Shadow International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell MP; Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Foreign Affairs, Ed Davey MP and Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Chairman of Muslim Aid. Government Ministers, Sadiq Khan MP and Gareth Thomas MP join with distinguished guests from the media, diplomatic community, political, development and community organisations
HRH The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Gordon Brown congratulated Britain’s premier international charity Muslim Aid on its achievements. Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivered a video message to mark 25 years of Muslim Aid’s work in over 70 countries.
In a message HRH The Prince of Wales said:
“I have followed your progress with close interest and attention over the last quarter of a century and have admired the projects and programmes you have undertaken in more than 70 countries around the world, ranging from emergency and disaster relief to education, health and micro-finance projects. If I may say so, our country is incredibly fortunate to be able to count on organisations like Muslim Aid who bring not only help, but hope to those most in need.”
In his message, the Prime Minister said:
“For a quarter of a century the valuable work Muslim Aid has been doing means that millions of people across the world are today safer and healthier. I wish Muslim Aid and its passionate and committed staff and supporters the very best for another 25 years of achievement.”
In his Address of Welcome Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Chairman of Muslim Aid, thanked all the donors and supporters of Muslim Aid for their contribution to the charity over the years. He said: “In the future Muslim Aid will continue to look for ways of reaching out into new frontiers, working with communities in fragile countries where we have not reached before. We have a responsibility to work closely with other NGOs, not just in response to disasters, but to work towards the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals and to ensure world leaders are taking seriously the threat of catastrophic climate change.”
Images 1 to 4 by Adrian Brooks, images 5 & 6 by Nadeem Ilyas
NOTES TO EDITORS
For further information about the work of Muslim Aid and its international branches, please visit Muslim Aid website atwww.muslimaid.org or contact Communications Manager Michelle Davis at
or 0207 377 4200 (ext 404)
Muslim Aid is a UK based relief and development agency established in 1985 and working in over 70 countries with field offices in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Cambodia, Gambia, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan. We work with all in need, regardless of their race, religion, gender, nationality or political opinion and specialise in providing: emergency relief including food, shelter and medical support; capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes; education and skills training; micro-financing and income generation in addition to providing specialist programmes such as orphan care. As well as supplying practical help, Muslim Aid assists communities in examining the causes of poverty and underdevelopment, and in advocating for a more just society and a sustainable future.