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May 18, 2021

UK PM honours four Pakistanis for humanitarian services

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May 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister Borris Johnson has honoured the ‘’One Million Meals’’ campaign founded by four Pakistanis through the ‘’Points of Light Award’’ for their extraordinary services for the National Health Services (NHS), key workers and homeless people in the United Kingdom.Bilal Bin Saqib, Momin Saqib, Raja Suleman Raza and Muhammad Arif Anis launched the ‘’One Million Meals’’ campaign during the lockdown in 2020, which has managed over 100,000 meals for the National Health Services and key workers, the homeless and people in need. The ‘’Points of Light’’ are outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community.

First established by President George HW Bush in 1990, the UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with a US programme and launched in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in April 2014. Since then, hundreds of people have been named Points of Light by the British prime minister, highlighting an enormous array of innovative and inspirational volunteering across the length and breadth of Britain. The One Million Meals campaign has received support from sporting stars such as former footballer David Beckham and boxer Amir Khan, and has inspired hundreds of volunteers to help with communications and deliveries, and local companies which donated food and healthy drinks.

Operating in more than 200 locations through 47 hospitals, trusts and food banks, the initiative aims to continue providing nutritious meals whilst the nation recovers from COVID-19. Raja Suleman Raza, also the chief executive of a restaurant chain that co-founded the initiative ‘’One Million Meals’’ campaign, said it is an absolute honour to be recognised for the Points of Light Award by the prime minister and expressed his intent to continue serving the vulnerable communities.

Muhammad Arif Anis, author of ‘’Made In Crises’’, said the “One Million Meals” campaign is Pakistani diaspora’s response to a humanitarian crisis above any divisions in the society. It is a response above the lines of race, ethnicity and religion, exhibiting a British spirit that is needed now, more than ever, he added.

Bilal Bin Saqib said he is humbled to receive the recognition from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, adding that ensuring water accessibility to the deprived communities has always been a cause that is close to his heart. Momin Saqib said global citizens must work towards making the world a better place in their best capacity.