Dur­ban­ite hon­oured for self­less ser­vice

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - NABEELAH SHAIKH

A DUR­BAN hu­man­i­tar­ian re­ceived in­ter­na­tional ac­claim this week when he was awarded an hon­orary doc­tor­ate by the Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­sity for his self­less ser­vice to so­ci­ety.

The doc­tor­ate was awarded to Ahmed Vally “AV” Ma­homed at a cer­e­mony in Dubai.

Ev­ery year the award is handed to il­lus­tri­ous per­son­al­i­ties who have dis­tin­guished them­selves in so­ci­ety through their self­less and out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions.

Ma­homed’s recog­ni­tion flowed from his stel­lar lead­er­ship as the life trustee of the Jumma Musjid

Mosque in Dur­ban and his phil­an­thropic ef­forts in pro­vid­ing food and med­i­cal sup­plies to the un­der­priv­i­leged.

Ma­homed is a well-known com­mu­nity fig­ure who holds var­i­ous lead­er­ship po­si­tions, in­clud­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Grey Street feed­ing scheme, vice-chair­man of the Is­lamic Burial Coun­cil, chair­man of fi­nance for the 1860 Her­itage Cen­tre, pa­tron of the De­nis Hur­ley Cen­tre and a mem­ber of the in­ter­faith re­li­gious coun­cil.

He said the lat­est hon­our caught him by sur­prise.

“It is the first award that I have re­ceived out­side of the coun­try, so I con­sider it my first in­ter­na­tional award even though I’ve re­ceived ac­co­lades from global or­gan­i­sa­tions in the past. It is truly an hon­our to have re­ceived this. I did not see it com­ing,” said Ma­homed.

He said the uni­ver­sity did thor­ough re­search and were deeply in­spired by the feed­ing scheme run by the Dennis Hur­ley Cen­tre.

“I con­sider my­self a cham­pion of so­cial co­he­sion and have been bring­ing to­gether peo­ple across racial and re­li­gious groups over the years. They were also im­pressed by the in­ter­faith model we’ve been us­ing at the cen­tre, and there was talk of adopt­ing this model around the world,” said Ma­homed, adding that it was won­der­ful to share a plat­form at the cer­e­mony with dis­tin­guished politi­cians, busi­ness peo­ple and hu­man­i­tar­i­ans who had achieved great things.

PIC­TURE: ZANELE ZULU

“AV” Ma­homed with his hon­orary doc­tor­ate in recog­ni­tion of his phil­an­thropic work.

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