Youngest members of RAK Rupika dancers

“Refugee Action Kingston has been a beacon of hope for 25 years, standing by refugees in need, helping them to live safe and fulfilling lives in the UK”

These were words spoken by Maurice Wren CEO Refugee Council as he addressed the audience.

Maurice Wren

It was standing room only as over 220 people joined with us to celebrate everything refugees and asylum seekers have achieved, through an evening of performance, dance, exhibition, music and inspiring testimonials.

All Saints Church opened their doors and became a stage for Korean Musicians, Brazilian martial arts performers, Sri Lankan, Indian and Korean dancers – a true example of Kingston embracing and celebrating diversity.

The evening started with the youngest members of RAK and was followed by Axe-Capoeira Uk, Southborough High School, Benchmark Theatre and North Korean musicians.  The Gli Amici Della Musica Wind Quintet provided a backdrop of classical music on arrival, and it finished with everyone joining in with Maria Soriana of Singing 4 Health.

Axe CapoeiraSouthborough High SchoolBenchmark Theatre

Here is a selection of photos from the evening featuring the peformers

Gli AmiciNorth Korean MusiciansPaper boats Kingston University

 It was great to see so many friends, supporters and previous directors of RAK who have contributed so much to the organisation, welcome back to Francis, Kathryn, Rebecca and Nuwa.

5 RAK directors

Sanja Kane (RAK Director) spoke of the challenges facing the organisation and dedicated the biggest thanks to RAK clients for their resilience and determination to continue fighting for a better life they deserve.  3 RAK clients highlighted through testimonials how RAK had helped them integrate into the local community and into education and finally work.

Sanja thank you speech

Mr Wren closed his speech by saying "They had jobs, now they are jobless, they had homes,now they are homeless, All they have is hope, please dont take that away"

Thank you to everyone who made it such a wonderful evening and All Saints Kingston for welcoming us to share their beautiful Church.

We aim to be here for another 25years! supporting refugees and asylum seekers

Thanks to Nick Kane event photographer: Find out more at www.nickkane.co.uk or on Instagram

Ana Santiago event manager

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10:25, 26 Jun 2016 by Rupika Gunawardena
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