LONDON: Nicely-known British-Pakistani Momin Saqib, a former scholar, has been named a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero on the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021.
The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognise younger people who find themselves actively concerned in bringing about significant change and are integral to making a extra revolutionary and interconnected future.
In its 2021 version, the Awards highlighted 10 distinctive younger individuals who have gone above and past to help communities and be a optimistic mild through the challenges posed because of the worldwide pandemic.
Within the charitable work class, Momin Saqib has been named a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero for “One Million Meals,” the initiative he co-founded with Arif Malik, a British-Pakistani restaurateur and award-winning chef, Raja Suleman Raza, and a staff of volunteers in March 2020.
Backed by soccer legend David Beckham, the initiative was an emergency response to the COVID-19 disaster within the UK to assist present free, heat meals to the Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) employees and different key staff, together with police, college employees, and firefighters.
Led by volunteers, the initiative has thus far supplied over 100,000 meals and drinks in additional than 200 areas by 47 hospitals, trusts, and meals banks. It acquired huge protection on English media together with the BBC, Sky Information, and The Guardian.
Saqib initially made historical past by getting elected as the primary non-EU president of the college students union on the King’s Faculty London in 144 years and being awarded the Honorary Life Membership with a everlasting plaque on the well-known Bush Home.
King’s Faculty London tweeted: “Congratulations to Momin Saqib, former KCLSU President and King’s staff, on being named a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero at the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for co-founding One Million Meals.”
Though widely-recognised by his viral ‘Maro Mujhe Maro’ video through the 2019 cricket World Cup, Saqib is working as an actor lately in a number of soaps.
Commenting on the award, he stated he was “humbled” on the recognition and that by the One Million Meals marketing campaign, “[he] aimed to show that Pakistanis care for others and [the] initiative was followed by many other organisations”.
“Home to 2.4 billion people, The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of sovereign states with 54 independent and equal countries, almost all of which were formerly under British rule.
“It consists of each superior economies and growing nations throughout 5 areas; Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. An award from the main Commonwealth physique is a large honour.”