UPDATED: Bolton boxer Amir Khan launches new charity foundation

UPDATED: Bolton boxer Amir Khan launches new charity foundation

Amir Khan and his wife Faryal arrive for the launch of the Amir Khan Foundation

Amir Khan talks to reporters about his charity foundation

Riz Malik, trustee, and Amir Khan at the press conference

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BOLTON boxing superstar Amir Khan raised a staggering £218,000 at the launch of his new charity foundation.

The Amir Khan foundation was officially launched at a glamorous dinner event at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester tonight, with famous guests including comic host Omid Djalili and former Wanderers star Kevin Davies.

It aims to help underprivileged youngsters around the world.

Before the glittering event, Amir said setting up a charity is something he has always wanted to do.

He added: “I knew it would take a long time to set up and I knew I had to get the right people around me, but I always wanted to have my own foundation.

“I have been doing charity work for a long time, but I really wanted to start doing things hands on for myself — to see and experience it all for myself.”

A number of well-known faces, as well as 500 guests from across the country, joined Amir at the sell-out event, including TV presenter, Charlie Webster and basketball star, John Amaechi.

Amir said a recent trip to Gambia had inspired him to start the first project for the foundation, which will see an orphanage for up to 300 children built in the African nation.

He added: “Going to Gambia was amazing but the things we saw were heartbreaking, there was one family where 11 people were living in a small house with no roof — as tough as I am in the boxing ring I don’t think I could have lived there for one day.”

The former world champion said his Bolton-based community gym, Gloves in Prince Street, would now come under the umbrella of the foundation.

He added: “That gym has changed children’s lives — I have had headteachers tell me that naughty kids have turned their lives around and that makes me happy.

“The foundation will be looking at other projects in this country, because you can’t forget your roots in Bolton and in England.”

Attending the event, former Wanderers captain Kevin Davies who has his own charity, Kids of Bolton, said: “We have both supported each other in terms of charity over the years and it is great to see Amir launching his own foundation.

“He is a new father now and like with me, it can change you a bit, and makes you want to give more to others.

“He has already set up Gloves and it’s a great gym, when I was released from Bolton I went down there to train and the guys were great with me.

“I just hope that his charity work doesn’t make him too soft for his line of business.”

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10:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Mick England says...

I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens?
I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens? Mick England
  • Score: -12

10:53pm Thu 14 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

Mick England wrote:
I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens?
Get a life Mike.
[quote][p][bold]Mick England[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens?[/p][/quote]Get a life Mike. pradagucci
  • Score: 29

12:34am Fri 15 Aug 14

longballs r us says...

pradagucci wrote:
Mick England wrote:
I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens?
Get a life Mike.
Here we go again!
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mick England[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens?[/p][/quote]Get a life Mike.[/p][/quote]Here we go again! longballs r us
  • Score: 22

7:33am Fri 15 Aug 14

waterbottle says...

Mick England wrote:
I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens?
Mike why don't you start a charitable cause for the non muslim population who are poor and suffering in the world.
[quote][p][bold]Mick England[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the Gambia wasn't 95.3% muslim would he be doing anything for it's citizens?[/p][/quote]Mike why don't you start a charitable cause for the non muslim population who are poor and suffering in the world. waterbottle
  • Score: 47

8:59am Fri 15 Aug 14

Tim Burr says...

Good luck with the foundation Amir. Charity the Quran states:-

Allah describes those who prevent the supporting of orphans and the feeding of the poor as “those who reject the faith” (107:1-3), while emphasising that charity should be given in “prosperity or adversity” (3:134), without fear for one’s wealth, and having faith that a sincere act of giving can only bring abundant reward to the giver:
Good luck with the foundation Amir. Charity the Quran states:- Allah describes those who prevent the supporting of orphans and the feeding of the poor as “those who reject the faith” (107:1-3), while emphasising that charity should be given in “prosperity or adversity” (3:134), without fear for one’s wealth, and having faith that a sincere act of giving can only bring abundant reward to the giver: Tim Burr
  • Score: 16

9:22am Fri 15 Aug 14

MIKKAH says...

Mick England why don't you put your money where your mouth is ?
Mick England why don't you put your money where your mouth is ? MIKKAH
  • Score: 25

9:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

Hough64 says...

Mick England is actually called Mark Lavery. He is often found on Facebook spouting racist claptrap!!!
Mick England is actually called Mark Lavery. He is often found on Facebook spouting racist claptrap!!! Hough64
  • Score: 16

9:58am Fri 15 Aug 14

BoltonLoyal says...

Can't see HSBC allowing him banking facilities tbh.
Can't see HSBC allowing him banking facilities tbh. BoltonLoyal
  • Score: -6

11:53am Fri 15 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

I, like many people from the UK, have been to The Gambia and it was an extremely humbling experience traveling through out the country, the people of the region are lovely despite being poor by any other standards. They do rely a lot on other countries for help and religion isn't in the equation.
I, like many people from the UK, have been to The Gambia and it was an extremely humbling experience traveling through out the country, the people of the region are lovely despite being poor by any other standards. They do rely a lot on other countries for help and religion isn't in the equation. manchester1
  • Score: 12

2:14pm Fri 15 Aug 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

Extra! Extra! read all about him the amir khan news is out! again where there's money there's amir !!!!
Extra! Extra! read all about him the amir khan news is out! again where there's money there's amir !!!! johnnykilroy4
  • Score: -3

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