Julia Immonen, the charity organiser, and Brendan Cole, Stictly Come Dancing - UK charity, Sport for Freedom (SFF), marks Anti-Slavery Day 2015 by hosting a charity Gala Dinner, supported by Aston Martin, on Thursday 15th October at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club. This inaugural event brought together people from the world of sport, entertainment, media, and business to unite behind a promise to tackle the issue of modern day human trafficking and slavery.
Hosted by Sky presenters Sarah-Jane Mee and Jim White, the Sport for Freedom Gala Dinner includes guests such as jockey AP McCoy OBE; Denise Lewis, former British Olympic Gold Medal winner; BBC Strictly star, Brendan Cole; Al Bangura, former Watford FC player and Sport for Freedom Ambassador who was trafficked from Africa to the UK at the age of just 14yrs old; Made in Chelsea star, Ollie Proudlock; ITV weather presenter, Lucy Verasamy; Sky Sports F1 presenter and SFF Ambassador, Natalie Pinkham; Premier League footballers Ryan Bertrand of Southampton FC and Troy Deeney of Watford FC and champion boxer, Anthony Joshua; and The UK’s first independent Anti Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, who highlighted the issues of modern day slavery that face the UK and world today.
The evening concluded with chart topping music from ‘Naughty Boy’.
Sport for Freedom are also joining forces with the Premier League Academies for an international ‘Football for Freedom’ tournament with their U16’s players that will also involve educating those taking part about the issues surrounding modern day slavery. The final will take place at Liverpool FC’s Academy on Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October.