Islamic Relief (IR) has won an award for excellence at the Mosaic Talent Awards; set up in order to recognize positive contributions made to society by Muslims.
The event, held on November 26 2008 at London’s Natural History Museum, was attended by the Prince of Wales - whose Business in the Community (BITC) charity established Mosaic - and Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan who were joined by over 500 guests.
IR was presented with the International award, one of eight awards with categories including: Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Leadership Award and Volunteer of the Year.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to receive this International Award from Mosaic and I would like to dedicate the award to the countless unsung heroes: the supporters and volunteers, who have made an amazing difference in the lives of so many that we at Islamic Relief are proud to serve. The Mosaic Awards are another milestone in recognising the contribution and the achievements of so many dedicated individuals and organisations. It was an amazing evening of diverse contributions, all in their own special respective way making a huge difference,” said IR UK director Jehangir Malik.
Malik named The Prince of Wales’ initiative, “an extremely commendable effort in helping to foster greater community cohesion and active citizenship”.
“It recognizes that supporters and volunteers are the backbone of the organisation and to receive this award on their behalf is a true honour. All the volunteer initiatives such as Platform 2 and Volunteer Development Program are designed for our supporters to play an active role in the fight against the eradication of poverty and this award recognises them. At IR it is another important milestone in the long journey ahead to eradicate poverty,” Malik added.
The prestigious event was the first of its kind and was intended to mark Mosaic’s first year of activity.
Set up in January 2007, Mosaic is a Muslim-led initiative which attempts to break down barriers across British society.
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