Last Tuesday evening we attended the Azhar Mahmood Benefit Dinner for The British Asian Trust at The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in Central London to cover the photography.
The purpose of the evening was to raise funds for the work of The British Asian Trust and launch cricketer Azhar Mahmood’s cricket academy.
It was well attended, with a number of high profile cricketers, past and present. These include, Wasim Akram, Alec Stuart, Mohammad Yousuf, Robert Key, Saqlain Mushtaq, India cricket captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kholi to name a few.
The evening opened with England womens cricketer, Isa Gua welcoming guests. Azhar was invited to the stage in a discussion, where guests were then able to learn more about his international cricketing career. This was supported by a number of videos which displayed a number of Azhar’s cricketing highlights.
Following this Azhar was joined on stage by other legends of the game. The conversation was centered around the current state of the game and how it has changed over the years.
Towards the end of the evening, Azhar was given an opportunity to talk about why he was raising funds to tackle issues affecting South Asia. He explained the need to promote mental heath in South Asia and explained that this issue in particular was close to his heart. Through The British Asian Trust, this was an opportunity to partner and ensure that funds reach those in need and help to promote awareness around the issue of mental health in the region.
Both a silent and live auction took place on the night. The live auction was a huge success raising over £18,000 on the night.
It was a fantastic evening. Find out more here www.britishasiantrust.org