‘Charity plays key role among Asians’: London mayor
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has hailed the contribution of the Indian and Asian communities to charity, thanking and honouring several organisations for their work in the UK and elsewhere at an event on Friday night.
Speaking at the Asian Voice Charity Awards, Khan said, “Charity occupies a central role in the Asian community. It is ingrained in our culture and often expressed in our faith: whether it’s Hindus doing ‘sewa’, Muslims giving ‘zakat’ or Sikh gurdwaras practising ‘langar’.”
“Our communities are and always have been passionate about supporting those in need. In fact, the amount British Asians donate is indicative of the huge contributions we make to the vital success of our city. On behalf of all Londoners, I want to say thank you,” he added.
Khan presented the awards to several organisations and individuals active in the sector, such as the Child Rescue Nepal, Medical Aid Films, the Sarvam Trust, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, and Leah Chowdhury and Amber Bauer.
CB Patel, editor of ‘Asian Voice’, a leading British Asian publication, said: “I believe small charities are vitally important for social well-being and cohesion. Whether it is domestic abuse, homelessness, education or mental-health, the impact they make in communities is priceless.”
Businessman Rumi Verjee recalled his immigrant origins and said during a panel discussion that included BAFTA winner Carrie Grant: “We strive to be successful, and it is natural to give back to the society. In my life what I have realized is the more you give, the more you get back.”
The awards in collaboration with Charity Clarity – an independent ratings tool for charities – are the first-of-its-kind in Britain’s Asian community. Judges for the awards included Jonathan Townsend, chief executive of the Prince’s Trust International and Subhash Thakrar, chairman of Charity Clarity.