Join us at this special event in support of Afghanaid on Wednesday 6 November at the Royal Geographical Society. 

For 35 years Afghanaid has been working for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. We work alongside some of the poorest and most remote rural communities in Afghanistan to rebuild basic services, improve agriculture and other livelihoods, strengthen the rights of women and children, and respond to natural disasters. Despite many continuing challenges in the country, Afghanaid  is one of the longest serving and most widely respected charities in Afghanistan. In 2019 our projects will continue to make life better for over one million Afghan men, women and children. 

The evening will include a panel discussion led by Lyse Doucet, the BBC's Chief International Correspondent, as well as an optional drinks reception, with our speakers and music in the Main Hall. 


Doors Open 6:30pm 

Panel Discussion 7:00pm 

Drinks and Canape Reception 8:15pm 


Shoaib Sharifi is the Kabul Editor & Bureau Chief for BBC Persian, BBC Pashto and BBC Dari/Pashto News. Award winning journalist and and TV producer, Shoaib has over twenty years experience of field reporting. 

Shirazuddin Siddiqi is the former BBC Media Action Country Director for Afghanistan and Afghanaid Trustee.

Harriet Sandys is the author of Beyond that Last Blue Mountain: My Silk Road Journey. Harriet has worked across the region supporting refugees through silk weaving projects. 

Lyse Doucet, OBE is the BBC's Chief International Correspondent and will serve as moderator of the discussion. 

Silent Auction

The event is accompanied by a silent auction. We have been generously donated a fantastic array of items including villa holidays, jewellery, an Experience Days Voucher and an incredible Afghan Ski Challenge package.

Bidding will open via Galabid on the 23rd of October. 

Organising Committee

Sarah Rutherford, Mareia Abed, Tasha Arguile, Ulla Calvert, Arabella Dorman, Baroness D'Souza, Felicity Finch, Chris Kinder, Chairman, Afghanaid Board of Trustees, Heidi Kingstone, and Sima Vaziry.

If you have any questions or requirements please contact Rebecca, [email protected] 

Tickets can also be purchased over the phone - call Rebecca on 02070650825

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