Preston volunteer group wins top award

SWIM: Haris Ali of St Pius X Prep School who was a finalist.
SWIM: Haris Ali of St Pius X Prep School who was a finalist.
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A volunteer group from Preston has picked up the Youth Leadership Award at the annual Fusion Awards.

The Mini Muslimah Crew picked up the BAE Systems-sponsored award as volunteers, charity champions and entrepreneurs from across the North West gathered in Blackburn’s King George’s Hall for the event.

Preston's Mini Muslimah Crew win award

Preston's Mini Muslimah Crew win award

The group of volunteers plan fun and exciting activities for the young Muslim girls of Preston.

It is led by young people themselves and was launched in 2012 with a budget of only £50.

The awards aim to celebrate community cohesion and the contribution of all communities in helping to make the region a better place to live.

In 2015, the Mini Muslimah Crew opened its doors to a brand new venture with sessions for the boys too.

We recognise the valuable role young people play in our communities and groups like the Mini Muslimah Crew are a perfect example of this.

Ian Wood

The group said: “A huge thanks to all Mini Muslimah’s, Mini Mu’mins, their parents and all our well wishers.

“Your love and support at the start and end of each session and heart filled text messages really help us continue what we do. Also, a huge thanks to the management at Quwwat Education Centre and our awesome Mini Team volunteers.”

Ian Wood, Operations Director for BAE Systems’ site at Samlesbury, said: “We recognise the valuable role young people play in our communities and groups like the Mini Muslimah Crew are a perfect example of this.”

Youngster Haris Ali who attends St Pius X Prep School took up the challenge of swimming the distance of the English Channel in a bid to raise £20,000 for the victims of the Gaza violence was also a finalist in this category.

Haris swam at his local swimming pool in Preston to complete the challenge.

Preston’s Asif Timol of Room Four Dessert picked-up the Entrepreneur of the Year prize alongside his business partner Salman Bariwala.

This year’s Community Cohesion Award was won by the Commemoration of the Jullundur Brigade Project. It was organised by The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment with Lancashire County Council.