The Prince of Wales to Attend Reception to Celebrate British Asian Trust

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THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL ATTEND A RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE THE BRITISH ASIAN TRUST

TUESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2020

The Prince of Wales, Royal Founding Patron, the British Asian Trust, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, will attend a reception for supporters of the British Asian Trust at Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.

This year’s event will welcome over 200 guests to celebrate recent achievements of the British Asian Trust, acknowledge the role of key supporters and herald ambitions for achieving social impact at scale across South Asia. The evening will focus on anti-trafficking and plans to combat child labour in India.

During the reception, Their Royal Highnesses will meet notable guests including The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care; The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Adar and Natasha Poonawalla, philanthropists and long-term supporters of the Trust; Naughty Boy, Musician and BAT Ambassador; and Lord Ahmad, Foreign Office Minister.

The Prince of Wales will then move to the main hall to give a keynote speech.

The evening will be hosted by Nihal Athanayake, BBC broadcaster and British Asian Trust ambassador. During the night, guests will hear from specialist speakers and enjoy entertainment from comedian, Russell Peters.

About British Asian Trust

The British Asian Trust is an innovative international development charity driven by the British Asian diaspora to address poverty and inequality across South Asia. The charity was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and a group of visionary British Asian entrepreneurs and philanthropists to deliver large-scale, sustainable solutions that enable those in poverty to achieve their full potential. Since its launch in 2007, British Asian Trust has had a positive impact on the lives of 4.8 million people in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Anti-trafficking

There are believed to be 5.8 million children working in forced labour in India. In Jaipur alone, there are thought to be tens of thousands of child labourers working in hazardous workshops, producing goods including bangles, embroidery and other products with many forced to work for up to 15 hours a day. The British Asian Trust has been working with business, government and civil society, to remove child labour from supply chains and encourage child labour free products in markets. In 2019, as a result of our partnership with the Freedom Fund and others through the Child Labour Free Jaipur initiative, the British Asian Trust achieved the first conviction resulting in a life sentence for a child trafficker in Jaipur. This was recently followed by two further convictions as major milestones.

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