Dan Wooding was honored with the “Spirit of Love & Peace Award” on the final night of the “2017 Love International Film Festival” before a large crowd drawn from the Hollywood entertainment community
ANS News Release – For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Wooding at email@example.com
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS – July 23, 2017) – Veteran author, broadcaster and journalist, Dan Wooding, 76, has been honored with a top “Humanitarian” award at a major film festival for her long-service on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world.
And what made the event special for Dan, was that the award was presented to him, before a large crowd drawn from the Hollywood entertainment community, by his younger son, Peter Wooding, who was over on a vacation from the UK with his family and is himself a respected TV journalist in Great Britain.
Dan was honored with the “Spirit of Love & Peace Award” on the final night of the “2017 Love International Film Festival” that took place on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the historic Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California.
In a letter to Wooding from the film festival organizers, Dan was told, “The Festival board is pleased to present this award to you for your inspiring achievements and work as an award-winning journalist and humanitarian. Also, as a recipient of this award, you have been selected as the Lotus Light Children’s Charity’s (TLLCC) honorary Love Ambassador around the world.”
Before making the presentation, Peter, who is now the London Bureau Chief for the Global News Alliance, read out a message to his father from veteran entertainer, Pat Boone, in which the former teen idol said, “Dan, dear brother, behind your back, and occasionally to your face, I call you ‘Apostle Dan’, as in the Apostles Paul and John and Peter, in the Bible.
“Why? Because these others are recognized and honored ‘apostles’– or ‘messengers’ — of the Gospel’, which means, and is, Good News.
“And that’s always been your specialty: Good news. Not sensational, or criminal, or critical, or morbid or salacious. Not slanted or biased or political… but instead, factual, objective, uplifting, commending, even inspirational… but unfailingly GOOD NEWS.
“You’re always searching for the best in people and their activities and projects… not the embarrassing, or titillating or morally questionable, although that would attract readers. No, you look for and report the stories of people and events that underscore the better sides of our natures and our efforts to make things better for others.”
Boone went on to say, “Whenever I get a call that you’d like to interview me, I stop and question: ‘Wait a minute… what has Dan heard about some hopeful or charitable or worthy thing I’m involved in? Whatever it is, I know Dan will present it in the most favorable light. That’s what you do… and who you are.
“I was just reading about you in Isaiah 52:7 – ‘How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns!”
He concluded by saying, “Dan, you are a faithful and skilled apostle of Good News… and I’ll bet you have beautiful feet! Love Ya, Pat Boone.”
Also on stage for the presentation, was Lance Wilder, a top artist on “The Simpsons” TV show, who spoke warmly about his long friendship with Dan Wooding, and his admiration for Dan’s long-standing journalism. Lance, by the way, was earlier interviewed on the red-carpet by Dan and Peter for a live Facebook page broadcast, as well as many others. (See https://www.facebook.com/dan.wooding.3).
The host of a weekly radio show and two television programs all based in Southern California, Dan Wooding told the audience how he had previously worked as a tabloid journalist in London, England, and his life was a “mess” with lots of “drinking” and “I had all but lost my Christian faith.”
He went onto say that it “all changed” one night, when he was “drunk as usual” a friend came into the “Stab-in-the-Back” pub (just off London’s Fleet Street) and challenged him to get his life turned around, quit his career in the tabloids, and go with him to Uganda to write a book about the eight-years of terrible misrule by Idi Amin and his “thugs” who had just fled the country, but had left behind him a trail of terror in which some 500,000 were slaughtered.
“I knew I had to change, so I did what Ray had suggested, and shortly afterwards, I walked out on my job as a senior reporter on the Sunday People, went to Uganda with Ray, where we researched and later released a book called ‘Uganda Holocaust,’” said Wooding. “While there we met so many of the survivors of the slaughter, and they deeply impressed me. They weren’t famous, nobody knew of them, they didn’t have a Hollywood PR person to make them known, yet they just silently continued with their lives with such dignity.
“At the end of that life-changing trip, I made a decision that I wanted to spend the rest of my life, being a ‘voice’ for those who didn’t have one out to the world, and were being persecuted for their faith, not only in Uganda, but all over the world, including hot-spots like Iraq and Syria.
“And this is what I’ve been doing ever since through my broadcasting and journalism, mainly through my ASSIST News Service.” (www.www.assistnews.net)
Dan received huge applause for his short speech, and then the award’s ceremony continued.
The “Love International Film Festival” (http://loveinternationalfilmfestival.com), was co-founded by Ata Servati, a spiritual prize winning poet/writer/actor/director and film maker. All proceeds from the film festival are being given to The Lotus Light Children’s Charity (TLLCC), which he started. (www.thelotuslightchildrencharity.org).
About Dan Wooding. Dan Wooding was born in Nigeria, West Africa, to British missionaries, Alfred and Anne Wooding, and moved to the UK in 1942, and was raised there. He has been a full-time broadcaster and journalist since 1968, and has been married to Norma for 54 years and they have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren, who all live in the UK. Dan and Norma, with their sons, moved to the United States in 1982, and the couple now run ASSIST and Dan runs the ASSIST News Service. Dan, the author of 45 books, has a weekly radion show and two TV programs, all based in Southern California.
Photo captions: 1) Dan Wooding with his award. 2) Peter and Dan together after Peter had presented the award. 3) Dan with Pat Boone. 4) Description of the award. 5) Dan Wooding and Ray Barnett during their life-chaning trip to Uganda. 5) On the red-carpet. Left to right: Peter Wooding, Ata Servati, co-founder of the film festival, Dan Wooding, and Lance Wilder from “The Simpsons”..
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