Night With Stars certainly lived up to its name, as popular Pakistani cricket players past and present from the visiting team came out in strength at Allianz Stadium to support cricketing legend Shahid Afridi’s “second innings” as a philanthropist.

Since he established the Shahid Afridi Foundation in 2014, Mr Afridi has made a significant difference in the areas of health, education, clean drinking water and emergency relief in Pakistan’s more remote regions.

Following a lively Q&A with the players, Mr Afridi and his Foundation trustee and international squash legend Jahangir Khan shared their experiences. The evening’s thrust was to add another school to the existing fifteen and the enthusiastic auctioneer might well have got a fair way there considering the amount of autographed memorabilia that was being lapped up for generous prices.

All in all a most enjoyable – and impactful – event, with Mr Afridi calling on all those present to “go out there and make a difference to your community”.

At one of the front tables, a turban was seen above the packed room nodding in agreement, for that is exactly what Australian Local Hero of the Year Amar Singh has himself done and constantly urges others to follow suit.

Mr Afridi and Mr Singh had met earlier at Turbans 4 Australia’s new Melbourne outfit where the cricketer thrilled the local junior cricket team with some tips and a long game of backyard cricket!

Also spotted enjoying the evening: Member for Leppington Nathan Hagarty, who has worked closely with the Shahid Afridi Foundation’s Australian Chapter Head Syed Atif Faheem to benefit the local community here over the past few years.

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