The popular British-Pakistani comedian turned actor, Momin Saqib has been named a Commonwealth Youth Covid-19 Hero at the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021.

The awards recognize the young individuals from around the world who actively take part in bringing about meaningful change and are integral to creating a more innovative and interconnected future.

The 2021 edition of the awards has highlighted ten exceptional young people who have made all possible efforts to support communities and provide help to people around them during the challenging times of the global pandemic.

Momin Saqib has been named as the covid-19 hero in the charitable work category of the awards, for “One Million Meals,” the initiative he co-founded with Arif Malik, a British-Pakistani restaurateur and award-winning chef, Raja Suleman Raza, and a team of volunteers in March 2020.

The initiative, also backed by the renowned football legend David Beckham, was an emergency response to the covid-19 crisis in the UK to help provide free, warm meals to the National Health Service (NHS) staff and other key workers, including police, school staff, and firefighters.

The initiative has till date, provided over 100,000 meals and beverages in more than 200 locations through 47 hospitals, trusts, and food banks. It received wide coverage on English media including the BBC, Sky News, and The Guardian.

In Pakistan, the young hero got famous because of his viral “Maro Mujhe Maro” video during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Saqib, a few years back, was also elected as the first non-EU President of the Students Union at the King’s College London in 144 years and was also awarded the Honorary Life Membership with a permanent plaque at the famous Bush House.

King’s College London tweeted, “Congratulations to Momin Saqib, former KCLSU President and King’s staff, on being named a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero at the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for co-founding One Million Meals.”


From : pk.mashable.com

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