Thank you to everyone who came to our Fifth Annual Gala Dinner at the Tara Copthorne Hotel on Wednesday 16th November 2016. In addition to an excellent dinner, our supporters enjoyed short speeches by Nigel Macdonald, our Chair of Trustees, and The Revd Nadim Nassar, our Director. Special guests included The Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of The British Isles and Ireland and Lord Gordon of Strathblane CBE.
The event raised £18,000 for our work!
We should like to thank Fadi Yazbek, who photographed the Gala Dinner, and Hussam Awad who provided the music.
This year, the Awareness Award recipients were Open Doors, United Christian Broadcasters and Shayk Ibrahim Mogra. Certificates of Appreciation were given to Mr & Mrs Bou Antoun and Mrs Magdalena Deneault. A special award, the Awareness Staff Award, was given to Huda Nassar to recognise her ground-breaking and life-changing work with children and young adults in Syria and Iraq.
(L to R): Zoe Smith and Matthew Rees of Open Doors receive their award; David Taviner receives UCB's award (Our Chair of Trustees, Nigel Macdonald, far right).
(L to R): Shayk Ibrahim Mogra is presented with his Award. Nadim and Huda present Mr & Mrs Bou Antoun with their Certificate.
(L to R): Magdalena Deneault is presented with her Certificate. The Awareness Team gather to present Huda with her Staff Award and to congratulate her. Huda had arranged every part of our Gala Dinner - except this one, which clearly came as quite a surprise!
All photographs are by Fadi Yazbek.