Asif Iqbal MBE has been shortlisted for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards
Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Harrow United Deaf Club has been shortlisted for the ‘Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith and Religion’ at the National Diversity Awards 2016.
Charities and Role Models from across the UK will gather at the breathtaking Anglican Cathedral on 16th September 2016 for The National Diversity Awards.
The Best of British Diversity will travel to Liverpool to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.
Over 20,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.
About Asif Iqbal MBE
Asif Iqbal MBE has been extensively dedicated to community service by working extremely hard with many charities and voluntary organisation and local and central government sectors. Asif has also involved in many voluntary works since the age of 15 years old.
Over the years, Asif is seen as an effective networker, passionate campaigner and committed to empowering diverse communities Asif is President of Harrow United Deaf Club been set up local deaf club last 7 half years and organising education programmes for all. Asif also led a numbers of community initiatives where he worked closely Harrow Council and as a result, the Council has become the second London borough to sign up to the British Sign Language Charter on 15th October 2015. The charter ensures Deaf people across Harrow are given better access to council services.
On 4th June 2016, Asif organised a special International Festival event to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen 90th birthday’s celebration including a vast ranges of diverse guest speakers and dancers. The event was a great success.
As a former Harrow Arts Centre Ambassador, Asif worked so hard, working closely with Harrow Arts Centre and their Ambassadors. Asif was also invited to set up a first ever BSL interpreted performance (Christmas pantomime) which was well-received and is seen as one of the major breakthrough in Harrow, enabling Deaf community have access to Harrow Arts Centre (including local theatres show).
Asif also raised money in St Luke Hospices at just over £1K. Not only it stopped there, Asif played active role in community cohesion and his quote was widely publicised on the Transport of London’s Poster and onto TfL website in support of the TfL’s campaign to increase awareness of Visual displays at Bus stations and Underground.
At present, Asif is member of Disability Alliance Action – involved in the Public Appointment Project Team. Asif also was selected as one of the adviser to the DWP as Public Appointment Ambassador, looking at ways to improve access to and the process of recruitment of deaf and disabled people, enabling them to consider the role of public appointment (either local, national government or as school governors for local schools).
Asif Iqbal MBE exclaimed: “I was extremely stunned to have receive an email, informing me that I have been shortlisted for The National Diversity Award 2016 for the category of ‘Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith & Religion’. I am thrilled and inspired by the quality of all nominations for me and all other shortlisted finalists.
In short, I am extremely honoured to recognised for my passion and voluntary work, working closely with local diversity communities to make them life difference and to bring together the communities and respect their faith values. I hope this will inspire to you all who can achieve their dreams and break through the glass ceiling and inspiring others and young people, sharing messages that if I can do it, they can do it too!
The prestigious black tie event is definitely one to mark down on your calendar and provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.
ITV News Presenter Charlene White, and TV Presenter and Radio DJ Ortis Deley will take centre stage to host the iconic awards.
“I’m delighted and honoured in equal measure to be hosting this year’s NDAs” Said Ortis.
“I think it’s vital that we celebrate our diverse culture in order that we become stronger together going forward. The best of British luck to all the nominees.”
Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent alongside Adidas, Direct Line Group, ThoughtWorks, Financial Ombudsman Service, Kier, MI5, MI6, GCHQ, PwC, Transport for London, ITV and The Open University.
A spokesperson for Adidas commented “Our objective is to have a workforce that is as diverse in it’s make up as our consumers in the market place. Showing commitment, providing support, being real and partnering with authentic organizations like National Diversity Awards will stand us in good stead to achieve this.”
Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.
British Diver & Television Presenter Tom Daley also applauded the awards stating, “The National Diversity Awards is a celebration of the fantastic work within Diversity, Equality & Inclusion by all positive role models and community organisations. Everybody who has been nominated and shortlisted is striving towards making society better for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. This is important because you are having a positive impact to people’s lives.
I would like to wish all the shortlisted nominees the very best of luck at this year’s National Diversity Awards.” He added.
Previous winners include Huddersfield based Disability Theatre Group Shabang!, Freedom Fighting Refugee Aderonke Apata, and Foster Focus Founder Luke Rodgers.
Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Rachel looked back on her time winning the positive role model award in 2013 “It truly was a tremendously uplifting emotional evening, and I don’t think there was a single person in the room who would disagree with that! The evening represented everything that is good about our society”.
Rachel went on to receive the award for battling successfully against a potentially life limiting illness to produce works of art that are applauded worldwide.
She continued “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating an exceptional night, the challenges ahead are still enormous, but with the ND Award in my hand, I will journey forward with renewed hope and ambition to try to do so much more, and in my efforts, hopefully I will, in some way, contribute to making the vital cultural shift within our society.”
Paul Sesay, Founder of The National Diversity Awards & The BEAM Awards said “The quality of nominations exceeds my expectations every year. This year was no exception with a host of inspirational role models and community organisations nominated across the country. Those shortlisted should be extremely proud, you truly are all winners and I wish each and every one of you the very best of luck.”
To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist