The event was organised on the symbolic date 9th November 2012 to remember the mother of 5 Asia Bibi a victim of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, who received her death sentence exactly 3 years ago. A prayer was said for her release.
Bishop Donnett opened the Award ceremony with a prayer and Dr Martin Stern spoke of the need for people of all faiths to condemn persecution and oppression wherever it surfaces. He spoke of how he was taken into a concentration camp at only seven years old and would not be alive today if he had gone to Auschwitz, where member of his family died within 2 hours. He praised the BPCA Awards, which he felt promoted stronger efforts form within communities and recognised the contribution made by so many worthy humanitarians and community stalwarts.
Below we list the winners their biographies can be read on this link:
Wilson Chowdhry Chairman of the BPCA opens the inaugural event to an expectant audience.
Redbridge School Of Gymnastics provided a rousing gymnastics display themed on the Olympics.
Best Help from Non Pakistani-Christians
UPKAR RAI - PRESIDENT BRITISH SIKH COUNCIL
Dan Wooding - President /Editor - Assist News Service (USA)
Apostle Bishop Dr Donnett Thomas of Power of the Living Word Ministries International presents trophy to Upkar Rai- British Sikh Council.
This was one of the hardest categories to judge with the most nominations and closest scores. Judges felt that Dan Wooding deserved recognition and it was agreed to present a smaller trophy.
Reverend Rana Youab Khan
Archbishop of Canterbury's International Interfaith Dialogues Assistant.
Trophy presented to Stephen Anjum by John Pontifex of "Aid to the Church in Need"
Stephen Anjum was joined by his two children on stage.
John Pontifex from "Aid to the Church in Need" presenting Revd Rana Khan with a runners up trophy.
Bishop Donnett presents trophy to Sally Baily wife of Hammad Baily and memeber of his group
"Voice for Jesus".
Sally Baily celebrates with a smile.
JOHN SULTAN - PRESIDENT PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS IN ITALY
Watson Gill - International Christian Voice
Xavier Williams - Life for All Pakistan
John Pontifex and Wilson Chowdhry collecting trophy on behalf of John Sultan.
Bishop Donnet and John Pontifex (ACNUK) presenting trophy to John Bosco.
Exemplary help for Pakistani Christians from UK Group
Ooberfuse with Dr Martin Stern Nazi Holocaust Survivor
At the end of the Event Wilson Chowdhry thanked all the nominees, he said:
"Competition was very tight - the judges all spoke of how excellent each nomination was. It is a shame that we cannot award everyone but in truth every nominee is a winner. Today the BPCA simply gave recognition for the wonderful work and hard endeavour, so many have put into making the lives of others better."
Wilson Chowdhry with Nish Asher and her father.
Nish Asher with Sania Satwat a volunteer for the Awards.
Hannah Chowdhry at the BPCA awards which was open to children and had a real family feel.
Eager participants await the result of the Inaugral Awards.
A glamorous event in the heart of Ilford (Town Hall).