Bonhams teams up with Pakistan charity for auction


Proceeds to help underprivileged children in Pakistan’s Swat Valley

AUCTION house Bonhams is to join forces with an educational charity to raise funds for underprivileged children in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

Ten of Pakistan’s finest artists have donated work for the auction organised by the Pakistan Rising charity.

Artists who have donated their work are Rashid Rana, Iqbal Hussain, Shezad Dawood, Faiza Butt, Salman Toor, Nahid Raza, Waseem Ahmed, Nurjan, Komail Aijazuddin and Shafaq Ahmed.

The auction, which will be conducted by Bonhams Managing Director, Matthew Girling, takes place during a preview reception for Bonhams next Indian and Islamic sale which will be held on 4 October.

Pakistan Rising is involved in a number of projects to help alleviate poverty in Pakistan including providing emergency relief aid to those in need, as well as schools for underprivileged children in remote areas of the Swat Valley and in Southern Punjab.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “The funds raised from the auction will be used to improve facilities in the six primary schools managed by Pakistan Rising in Swat and to help set up a Community Empowerment Centre in the Swat area to provide education for children, as well as vocational training for adults – both men and women.”

The auction will take place on 3 October.


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