Alan Govinden – Needs no introduction into the world of film and entertainment. More importantly he also works tirelessly to give his support to The National Autistic Society as well as prestigious UK charities including the NSPCC and the Duke of York Community Initiative.
Among the 300 guests at the AMG Charity ball was Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex GCVO who herself is a patron of the National Autistic Society and NSPCC. Also in attendance was GAISF (SportAccord) Vice President, Stephan Fox who is worldly renowned for using the power of sport to create a positive change, with his focus towards those most vulnerable, our youth. One of the many charities where Mr Fox gives active support towards children with autism is The Samui Special Needs Foundation in Thailand. The foundation recently received a minibus following a charity run by some Muaythai athletes who wished to give to those less fortunate than themselves. For Mr Fox, supporting this notable cause is a must.
An outstanding Film producer and Philanthropist, Alan and his wife Maria have five children, their youngest Jonathan has Autism. Alan’s daughter Julia has recently joined forces with SportAbility and the Festival United Through Sport campaign to address important global issues including child abuse, violence against women and children, discrimination of any kind and in coordinating various social initiatives that are predominantly youth-based.
Julia will be one of the key personnel at the SportAccord festival that will be hosted in Bangkok this April overseeing the social initiatives of the event. The Opening day will showcase children from around the world and will appeal to the 1,500 leaders of sport to continue promoting unity, and peace through sport as well as cultural understanding.
The AMG charity ball kicked off with a performance from ten-year-old Calum Courtney, who has autism. It was a beautiful performance which touched all those present. One of the highlights was certainly Emeli Sande, who is remembered in the world of sport for her stunning performance at both the opening and closing ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. Alan himself made a heartfelt speech stating that the National Autistic Society works endlessly to empower people with autism like his son and other families. One of his many aims is his wish to give something back, to help more people, and promote a better understanding of autism across the country.
As the night went on and fantastic auctions took place, it was clear that everyone in the room was wholeheartedly supporting each worthy cause. They united to make a difference to the lives of isolated, disadvantaged and desperate children, adults and their families. Each charity has a distinct mission and purpose but united, they all provide support and help for the ones desperately in need. Stephan Fox presented the Govinden family with a unique Muaythai book showcasing the five pillars of Muaythai and the various social initiatives around the world in member countries.
On behalf of our 130 member countries and the millions of athletes around the world, we would like to thank Alan and everyone who made this charitable event possible. We show appreciation for his vision and the smiles on the children’s faces continue to be the reward for all of us.