Curzon PR Announces New Charity Partner: Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation's 'In The Name of Honour' Gala Auction

Top Quote Curzon PR's new charity partner, the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation, will host a gala auction in conjunction with Christie's on 18 September. The event includes workshops and educational events. All proceeds go directly to victims of domestic and honour-based violence. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 13, 2013 - Each year Curzon PR chooses a charity partner as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility, providing pro bono communications support. After successfully supporting CARE Pakistan, Pakistan's largest educational NGO, Curzon has now selected the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation (SCCF), supporting its charity gala auction In The Name of Honour on 18 September 2013 at One Mayfair.

    The 18-22 September 2013 will mark an important week for the SCCF and for victims of domestic abuse and honour-based violence around the UK. With one in four women in the UK suffering abuse in their lifetime, and with some 3000 unreported cases of honour-based violence each year, there is an urgent need for action. The exhibition will feature contributors from around the globe, including ground-breaking feminist artists from the 1970s and 80s Vanessa Beecroft, Jenny Holzer and Alexis Hunter, as well as a younger generation addressing gender issues such as Faiza Butt, Shadi Ghadirian, Mona Hatoum and Sarah Lucas. A number of works have been created especially for In the Name of Honour.

    The majority of works will be available to purchase on the launch night and subsequently throughout the week. The rest of the works will be auctioned via Christie's. The rest of the week will see educational days, workshops and artist talks.

    "Domestic Violence is one of the greatest overlooked problems in our society," says SCCF Director Antonia Packard. "To date, domestic violence has been largely viewed as a private matter and a gender issue. We have to get to the place where society sees domestic violence as a violation of human rights over everything else. With the public's support, I hope that we can get to a place where we are not scared to speak out against abusers, and to see abusive behaviour as a crime."

    Adds Farzana Baduel, MD of Curzon PR: "As part of Curzon's commitment to supporting charitable initiatives, I am delighted to be working together with the Sarah Charlton Charitable Foundation on this important event. Spreading awareness of domestic violence and how to combat it cannot be stressed enough."

    Curzon's previous charity partner was CARE Pakistan, the largest educational NGO in Pakistan. Dr Mohammad Jawad, subject of the Oscar-winning documentary, Saving Face, was brought on board as the charity's patron, and coverage included an interview with the charity's founder, Seema Aziz, on BBC World News as well as extensive press in the UK and Pakistan including BBC Radio Asian Network and The News International. Aziz was also named Philanthropist of the Year by Hello! Pakistan.

    Notes for Editors:
    Each year Curzon PR chooses one non-profit entity as its charity partner and conducts a yearlong public relations campaign to help build their profile in their target market, Curzon PR provides media relations, digital relations and event planning to create a comprehensive PR campaign, designed to provide capability building and provide each charity partner with a strong base from which to move forward at the conclusion of the project. Follow us on Social Media and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates on our Charity Partner and information on submission dates and the process of becoming a charity partner.

    Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation
    The Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation (SCCF) is a new grant-making charity dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse, including honour-based violence, in the United Kingdom. The SCCF was formally established in early 2011 in memory of Sara Charlton, a woman who dedicated her life to helping vulnerable women in the North East of England. The SCCF aims to carry on her good work. As its mandate expands to cover more services throughout the United Kingdom, the SCCF will continue to fund services for abused women and children throughout the North East and in particular in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, as part of Sara Charlton's legacy. The SCCF has a clear understanding of what the sector desperately needs, and seeks to raise funds for a larger number of IDVAs (trained workers who liaise directly with the police, social services and the court in order to protect their clients - high risk victims of abuse) across the UK and improve IDVA services at a local as well as national level. The SCCF also seeks to break the cycle of abuse through the introduction of Prevention Workers, primarily in schools and community centres. For more information, visit

    Curzon PR
    Curzon PR was founded in 2009 by Farzana Baduel as a boutique communications and public affairs consultancy working across arts, culture, business and policy in growth markets. Its bespoke cross-sector approach transcends geographies and cultures, ensuring clients benefit from strategic insight and an international network across business, media and politics. Clients have included Maslenitsa: Russian Festival in London, ISKAI Art, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan; the Ukraine Biennale of Contemporary Art; Oscar-winning surgeon Mohammad Jawad and the 2012 Securing Asia Summit on Homeland Security and Counter Terror. For more information, visit

    About Christie's
    Christie's is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie's offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie's has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. Christie's also offers its clients worldwide access to its sales through Christie's LIVE™ its unique, real-time online bidding service. For more information, visit

    Previous Charity Partner: CARE Pakistan
    CARE Pakistan is a charitable initiative based in Pakistan, with chapters in London, UK, Houston, USA and a recent addition in Singapore. Its main mission is to educate underprivileged children in rural Pakistan who would otherwise have no access to schooling. With the education of each child costing one pound per month, their current goal is to get one million children off the streets. Established in 1988 by Seema Aziz in the wake of devastating floods in the Sheikhupura district of Punjab, CARE has since grown to 225 schools, providing free quality education for over 160,000 students. They also provide guidance for higher education, technical training, job placements and entrepreneur programs. For more information, visit

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