Olympic heroes support Mo Farah charity

Olympic Double Gold Medal winner Mo Farah arrives at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball.
Olympic Double Gold Medal winner Mo Farah arrives at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball. Photo: PA

London 2012 hero Mo Farah was joined by other Olympic champions at a fundraising event for his charity in London tonight.

The double Olympic gold medallist held the star-studded party to raise money for the Mo Farah Foundation, which he established to help victims of famine in east Africa.

Among the guests was the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, and Britain's most successful Olympian with five gold medals at different Olympics, Sir Steve Redgrave.

Philip Schofield and wife Stephanie Lowe arrive at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball.
Philip Schofield and wife Stephanie Lowe arrive at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball. Credit: PA

Farah, who 29 and originally from Somalia, also welcomed Beijing 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, Seoul hurdling runner-up Colin Jackson and Los Angeles 1500m silver medallist Steve Cram for the Night of Champions at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.

Sir Steve Redgrave and wife Ann arrive at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball.
Sir Steve Redgrave and wife Ann arrive at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball. Credit: PA

The Mo Farah Foundation gives out family food baskets containing rice, maize, wheat, flour, milk, sugar, beans, oil and other essential items to assist thousands of people in Somalia.

The Foundation also gives east Africans clean water, sanitation and medicine.

Christine Ohuruogu, who won a silver medal in London 2012, said:

It's a really great cause. I'm here to support the Mo Farah Foundation, and just try to help in any way I can. I think it's a wonderful cause, a wonderful idea. It's such a genuine and wonderful thing to do to set up a charity for less fortunate people.So I'm here to help and show Mo we all want to raise as much money as we can to help others.

Sally Gunnell arrives at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball in London.
Sally Gunnell arrives at the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball in London. Credit: PA

It's a fantastic foundation that Mo set up a few years ago now. This is something that's really close to Mo's heart himself. It was totally his concept, so for him to keep going on what he promised is just sensational, and of course his Olympic successes will make all the difference too.

– Colin Jackson