LONDON: The Commonwealth has named British-Pakistani scholar Momin Saqib as its Youth COVID-19 Hero throughout its 2021 award ceremony.
The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognise these younger persons are 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 assist communities and be a optimistic gentle throughout the challenges posed because of the worldwide pandemic.
Momin Saqib has been named a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero for “One Million Meals” — the initiative he co-founded with Arif Malik, British-Pakistani restaurateur and award-winning chef, Raja Suleman Raza, and a group of volunteers in March 2020 — within the charitable work class.
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) workers and different key employees, together with police, college workers, and hearth fighters.
Led by volunteers, the initiative has to this point supplied over 100,000 meals and drinks in additional than 200 areas via 47 hospitals, trusts, and meals banks.
It acquired large 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 scholars 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 workers, on being named a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero on the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for co-founding One Million Meals.”
Though widely-recognised via his viral ‘Maro Mujhe Maro’ video throughout 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 via the One Million Meals marketing campaign, “we aimed to indicate that Pakistanis take care of others and our initiative was adopted by many different organisations”.
“House to 2.four billion individuals, The Commonwealth is a voluntary affiliation of sovereign states with 54 unbiased and equal nations, virtually all of which had been previously beneath British rule.
“It contains each superior economies and creating nations throughout 5 areas; Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. An award from the main Commonwealth physique is a large honour.”