Salman to promote Barnardo’s work worldwide

BOLLYWOOD superstar Salman Khan has been named Barnardo’s first international ambassador.

Khan, who runs his own charitable trust called Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation in India, made the announcement last Sunday night (17) at The O2 Arena in London during a performance of his stage show Da-Bangg.

The star said: “We are all working tirelessly to help im­prove the lives of the under­privileged and vulnerable chil­dren in our native countries. My foundation is a lot younger than Barnardo’s and is thou­sands of miles away but we share the same goal.

“This is why I was so delight­ed to be asked to be Barnardo’s first international ambassador. I look forward to supporting the charity’s work so it can continue to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.”

Barnardo’s CEO Javed Khan said: “I am delighted Salman has agreed to come on board as our first international ambas­sador. His worldwide profile will help us increase awareness of Barnardo’s so we can help even more children and fami­lies to build a better future.”

Last week, Khan was hon­oured in parliament, receiving a “Global Diversity” award from Keith Vaz, Britain’s longest serv­ing Asian MP (both pictured).

Vaz said: “Salman Khan is a role model and a hero to millions of people worldwide. He is also a well-known philanthropist and his NGO Being Human has done life-changing work supporting the underprivileged in India. It is a tremendous honour to pre­sent him with the award.”

Khan said: “It is a tremen­dous honour. My father would never have believed I would make it here. I would like to thank the fans for the respect they have shown me Although I have received many cinema awards, this is the first award that I have received personally so I am incredibly humbled.”