Burton-On-Trent resident Sajid Rashid, 26, has been awarded a British Citizen Award (BCA) thanks to his commitment to regenerating a local community centre as well as charitable fundraising.
Launched in January 2015, the BCA, in partnership with InMoment, recognises extraordinary achievements by everyday people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
Specsavers co-founder, Dame Mary Perkins, presented the BCA medal to Sajid in honour of his 10 years of service to his community, at the Palace of Westminster on 7th July.
Dame Mary said: ‘I became involved in the BCAs because I wholeheartedly believe that exceptionally devoted and dedicated people, whose selfless efforts make our world a better, safer, healthier and happier place, deserve to be honoured. Sajid’s dedication and commitment to charity work is inspirational and I was delighted to present him with his award.’
Talking about the award, Sajid Rashid said: ‘It’s an honor to be recognised with a BCA, especially for something that I’ve enjoyed so much. I was determined to make things better for youngsters in our community in the hope that the community centre would keep them out of trouble and would bring them together.
‘I was also recently awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community and now being awarded a BCA shows that my efforts have been noticed and that they’ve made a difference, for that I’m grateful.’
Sajid, who is a qualified pilot, has been involved in his community for over 10 years.
The Rolls-Royce worker was instrumental in the redevelopment of the community centre which had been in a state of disrepair for many years and unorganised.
After being handed a derelict building in need of extensive work, Sajid was able to oversee the redevelopment project and create a vibrant centre for the community to enjoy along with implementing health & safety procedures for the centre to adhere to.
‘I wanted to take the opportunity to make a lasting change for my community where previous attempts had failed and although it wasn’t easy, it was certainly well worth it,’ Sajid added.
Aside from his efforts in regenerating the community centre, Sajid has spent much of his spare time helping locals in need, as well as raising funds for overseas aid.
Through his hard work and commitment, Sajid has been able to support victims of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and those caught up in the Middle Eastern crisis in Gaza, Palestine. For his efforts both at home and abroad, Sajid was awarded with a British Empire Medal.
The BCA is in partnership with customer experience management company InMoment, and proud to be supported by the world’s largest optical retailer and audiologists, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; palletised freight company, Pall-Ex; and creative communications group, Beattie.
October 2016 will also see the introduction of the British Citizen Youth Award, recognising young people under the age of 16 who have positively impacted communities or particular groups and have contributed through their own endeavours to making a difference. Nominations can be made now until September 16th 2016.
To find out more about the BCA or British Citizen Youth Awards, and to nominate someone for the next awards in January 2017, please visit britishcitizenawards.co.uk
"I wanted to take the opportunity to make a lasting change for my community where previous attempts had failed and although it wasn't easy, it was certainly well worth it."
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