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Annual Gala Virtual Success



20 / 01 / 21

The third annual gala held by F&BF was a roaring success last night! The virtual experience didn’t dampen spirits, as over 200 people from around the world bopped to music, laughed at comedy, shed a tear at impact stories – and donated towards our vital work.  

Top L-R: Dauda Ladejobi, Omid Djalili Bottom, Michael Sternberg QC KCFO, HRH Princess Badiya Bint Hassan

We were ably hosted by world-renowned funnyman Omid Djalili, who has had the honour of presenting our gala two years in a row! Entertaining us with stories and jokes, he kept the mood buoyant as we moved through the event, describing the Faith & Belief Forum as the “well-wishers of humanity” We are very grateful he decided to support our gala for a second time.  

We also heard messages of support from such varied luminaries as HRH Princess Badiya bint El HassanRT Hon Stephen TimmsRabbi Debbie Young-Somers and more. We are honoured to be seen and supported by so many influential people in the world of faith & belief. Our toe-tapping musical interlude was from Balkan ensemble Paprika Music – you can listen to their music here, we also had an opportunity to hear spoken word poet Dauda Ladejobi, local to Barking & Dagenham.

Paprika Music’s performance

Attendees also had the opportunity to learn more about some of our key programmes – with testimonies, impact reflections and hopeful messages from those involved in ParliaMentors, Barking & Dagenham community projects, School Linking and the London F&BF Community Awards (add links). Special shout out to our brilliant filmmaker David Fenton, who travelled around London during the summer (within COVID restrictions) to personally film interviews with beneficiaries and stakeholders. 

We have so many people to thank – if you have donated recently, please include yourself on the list below! Did you miss our gala event? Never fear! You can still pledge to support our vital work in building a more cohesive society – even £10 would make a difference (although you are obviously welcome to donate more) 


You can donate online by visitinghttps://cafdonate.cafonline.org/15417   

You can donate via text:  
£10 via text: Text GALA10 to 70191 
£30 via text: Text GALA30 to 70191  



Thank you to our 2021 Gala major sponsors:  
David Dangoor DL, Fiona Anderson, The Tamir-Sternberg Foundation 

Thank you to our generous virtual table hosts:  
HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, Bushra Nasir CBE DL, Ruth and Noam Tamir, Hashim Bhatti, Humanists UK, Michael Anderson, Michael Sternberg, Coventry University, Najib Khan, Nigel Canin, Vivian Wineman, Dr Zaki Reswana Anwar 

Thank you to our Gala Steering Group: 
Fiona Anderson, Gurinder Jhans, Hashim Bhatti 

Thank you to our brilliant film-maker: David Fenton 

Thank you to our live speakers and musicians:  
Chair of Trustees Michael Sternberg QC KCFO, our wonderful host Omid Djalili and David Dangoor DL for delivering the appeal, and thank you to Paprika Music 

Thank you to all those featured in our films in order of appearance:
Barking and Dagenham: Hardial Singh Rai, Ashfaq Siddique, Renay Taylor, Himanshu Jain, Councillor Saima Ashraf, Dauda Ladejobi, 

Programme films:
Louisa Paralles, Ahmad Sayed, Laurie, Harry, Mike Hardy, Deepa Sadula, Jeremy Rodell, Ben Shapiro, Vanisha Mehta, Hannah Roskin, Jasmine Rai, Fatima Jama, Ivy Gardner, RT Hon Stephen Timms, Maya Ilany, Austyn Close, Bushra Nasir CBE DL, Siobhan Anderson, Reverend Nimms Obunge MBE DL, Dr Sheila Gewolb DL, Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE DL, Reverend Richard Coles, Leon Kamhi. 

Messages of Support:
HRH Princess Badiya Bint Hassan, Canon Dr Andrew Smith, Kim Leadbeater, Propa Rezwana Anwar, Khalid Anis, Hashim Bhatti, Bushra Nasir CBE DL, RT Hon Stephen Timms, Vivian Wineman, Katherine Crew, Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, Haroon Ravat, Dr Zaki Anwar FRSA, Jaspreet Singh, Shaan Knan, Reverend Dr Marcus and Mary Braybrooke.

Thank you to Annabel Knight                                                                       
And finally…thank you to FBF Gala production team and staff!

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