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Monday, 3 December 2012

Wilson Chowdhry speaks at Canadian Christian benefit concert to raise funds for new school in rural Pakistan

Wilson Chowdhry raps to Ooberfuse's Free Asia Bibi song.

Wilson Chowdhry and Ooberfuse performing at the "Love Thy Neighbour International" Pakistan Benefit Concert.

Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association was invited to speak and perform with Electropop band Ooberfuse at a charity event in Canada, organised by Love Thy Neighbour International (LTNI) a not-for-profit human rights organization dedicated to the promotion of religious  freedom worldwide and international development projects for religious minorities in Pakistan.  The group held there first annual "James 2:8 Benefit" Friday 30th November 2012 at Grand Olympia Hospitality and convention Center In Hamilton, Ontario.

The event was organised to raise funds towards their latest project to build a Primary School and Health Clinic in Youhanabad, Pakistan.

Special guests included Federal Members of Parliament David Sweet and Harold Albrecht; Mark Dotzert, National Councilor of the Conservative Party of Canada; Rt. Honorable Reverend Sir James Thomas and Krystyna Thomas; Dr. Peter and Tracey Marshall of Victory International Church; Pastors Tony and Vicky Schleiffer from Faith FM93.9 Brantford; keynote speaker Michael Coren, author and host of The Arena on Sun News Network; Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association; and British electro-pop band Ooberfuse.

Wilson Chowdhry, BPCA presented a brief summary outlining the situation of Christians in Pakistan and the history surrounding religious intolerance; while Serena Samuel (Media Coordinator, LTNI) discussed the project’s details and how LTNI would create indigenous income sources to support the school and clinic’s sustainability. 

Wilson Chowdhry commented;

"Pakistani Christians face increasing discrimination and persecution yet any voice of opposition is either killed or assassinated, it is essential that world humanitarians speak out for them.  I was pleased to share our research with Pakistani Christian in Canada who share our passion for justice for those suffering in the homeland and are challenging for change."

Michael Coren, well versed in international issues specifically surrounding the Middle East, U.S. and Europe is an avid supporter of religious freedom in Canada.  His criticisms of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws were echoed throughout the evening by all guests.

The evening also featured a special performance by Ooberfuse featuring Wizard MC (Wilson Chowdhry), including several songs; specifically ‘Free Asia Bibi’ and ‘Blood Cries Out’ which they wrote in tribute to Pakistan’s former Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti who was assassinated in March, 2011 for his fervent stand against the Blasphemy Laws and support of Asia Bibi. LTNI also awarded six ‘Excellence in Leadership and Community Service Awards’ to several local and international deserving persons including Wilson Chowdhry and Ooberfuse.

The tour included performances at a well know local Cafe.

Hundreds of big names attended the event to learn more about the situation in Pakistan.

Federal Ministers Albrecht and Sweet holding their Tshirts gifted by Vincent Samuel.

Wilson Chowdhry was thanked for his efforts for Pakistani Christians by Federal Minster Sweet.

Busy all the time a performance was also held at a local church.

Wilson spoke of the maltreatment of minorities in Pakistan at Munchies Cafe.

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