ROLE MODEL RAP­PER IS 02 AM­BAS­SADOR

Young mu­si­cian given hon­our at the tele­com firm’s Think Big launch event

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

A POP­U­LAR Bucks rap star who is seen as a role model by the county’s teenagers has been made an O2 youth am­bas­sador.

Michael Ka­mara, 24, from Che­sham, known to fans as Mikar-The-Vi­par, was among the dis­tin­guished guests in­vited to the pres­ti­gious O2 Think Big level two launch event in Lon­don.

The net­work­ing event, which is funded by O2 Tele­fon­ica, cel­e­brates and show­cases some of the char­ity projects run by youths across the UK.

Mikar, who is now a youth am­bas­sador for the com­pany and has had three con­sec­u­tive chart­ing songs on the iTunes World Chart, praised the UK’s sec­ond largest tele­com provider.

The grate­ful star, who be­came the first Bucks artist to have a num­ber one in Au­gust, told at­ten­dees: “The suc­cess to any na­tion is the in­vest­ment in youth.

“I don’t think any of our youths across the coun­try or the world should ever be vil­i­fied or frowned upon by so­ci­ety.

“We should find ways to sup­port our youths, es­pe­cially those from de­prived ar­eas.

“From my own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, as a kid grow­ing up in Pond Park, Che­sham, it was very painful to con­stantly read neg­a­tive ar­ti­cles about my area in the re­gional press.

“We, the Pond Park youths, felt alien­ated and dis­coun­te­nanced by so­ci­ety.

“As an O2 youth am­bas­sador, I’m a firm be­liever in the youths.

“I fully sup­port the com­pany’s ini­tia­tive to con­tin­u­ously in­vest mil­lions of pounds into projects across the UK.

“It’s not very of­ten you see big cor­po­ra­tions like O2 Tele­fon­ica sup­port­ing and giv­ing back to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Not only does O2 Thinkbig sup­port youth projects, it also gives them a chance to net­work and be em­ployed by sev­eral multi bil­lion pound com­pa­nies.

“I can tes­tify that O2 has been one of my best supporters.

“In 2011, a young hun­gry Mikar was given the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time to sup­port artists I watched on tele­vi­sion and as­pired to be like in front of thou­sands. O2 also helped ex­pand my net­work ca­pa­bil­ity.”

Am­bas­sador:

Mikar-The-Vi­par

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