Mayor of Harrow – Councillor Ajay Maru

The Mayor attended Harrow United Deaf Club for Eid & Diwali Celebration on 1st November 2014 and gave his support:
“Thank you to Harrow United Deaf Club for your kind invitation, asking me to join you all to celebrate Eid and Diwali. I am pleased to be here and support the Club’s positive work. I have read all the stories about Harrow United Deaf Club and I must say that the Club have had amazing achievements in the last 5 years. The Club is an inspiration for many of us locally and across the Country – the strength and the passion in working together, bringing community together as a unity, learning from each other and support one another. We need to take away lessons from HUDC and share with other community groups as HUDC is a positive role model that we need to take with us wherever we go.

Today, it is extremely important for us all to be together, respecting each other culture and faiths and to celebrate Eid & Diwali. I wish you all a Happy Eid and Happy Diwali. God bless you all”

About The Mayor – Councillor Ajay Maru:
Get West London wrote:
HARROW has got its first Gujarati mayor – a cricket-loving, hard-working, hair salons-owning father-of-two.

Councillor Ajay Maru, a Labour ward councillor for Kenton West first elected in 2010, was installed as the First Citizen of the Borough on Thursday at Harrow Council ‘s Harrow Civic Centre. He said: “I am honoured to take on this role as Mayor and I am committed to supporting our residents and bringing communities together.The wellbeing and welfare of residents is also important to me. I want to work with other party members, Mayors and councillors so that we can work together to strengthen community cohesion and unity.I look forward to meeting different communities in Harrow and all the great projects over my mayoral year.”

Mr Maru grew up in Kenya belonging to the oldest family in the country and took part in lots of community work alongside his father. He married wife Dina in 1992 and the couple have a son and a daughter both studying in Harrow. Since moving to London in 1999, the 48-year-old finished a Masters in Hairdressing and has opened three hair salons and a training centre in the borough. Mr Maru said: “I want to help local enterprises and the business community as Harrow has helped me and my business flourish. It would be my way of giving back to the community.”

He is currently an active member of the Co-operative Society, trade union GMB, and Kenton Traders’ Association and is a Safer Neighbourhood team member. The cricket and stand-up comedy fan is a practising Hindu and worships at local temples.

The cause he will raise money for during his mayoral year is adoption charity Coram. Mr Maru said: “I have chosen Coram as my chosen charity because children are just as important as other members of the community.Supporting them and seeing what good we can do in helping their wellbeing and welfare is important.”