Awards for young achiev­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Panto Time -

Dig­ni­taries gath­ered to cel­e­brate the achieve­ment of black and eth­nic mi­nor­ity young­sters at an awards cer­e­mony last month.

The awards were held at the Cen­tre­piece Church in Bank Street and were or­gan­ised by Maria Olukoya from the Ash­ford BME As­so­ci­a­tion.

The aim was to recog­nise the out­stand­ing achieve­ments and tal­ent of young­sters in the bor­ough to co­in­cide with Black His­tory Month.

The event was at­tended by MP Damian Green, deputy mayor Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, Lord Michael Hast­ings of Scaris­brick CBE and Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree.

Maria Olukoya set up the as­so­ci­a­tion last year.

She said: “The first awards went very well. We had re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back. It high­lighted how much tal­ent we have within the town and in our com­mu­nity. The as­so­ci­a­tion works tire­lessly to pro­mote so­cial co­he­sion.”

The win­ner of the Mav­er­ick award was Isa­iah Mutabaruka, Ma­hesh Rai won the Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Award, and Luke Mor­gan was named Vol­un­teer of the Year.

Bruno Mukuze won the Young En­tre­pre­neur award, Golibe Gwam won the Ris­ing Star award, and Leroy Hlabi won the Sports award.

There were also awards for Bafana Khu­malo (Aca­demic), Tom Grayson (Arts), Deb­o­rah Mutabaruka (Mu­sic), Micah Asere (Police Re­la­tions), and Blade En­ter­tain­ment (Mu­sic Men­tor for Young Peo­ple).

Ms Olukoya added: “The win­ners were very pleased to be recog­nised, and they are all look­ing for­ward to work­ing harder and find­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­spire other young peo­ple to achieve.”

For more de­tails, visit www. ash­fordb­me­as­so­ci­a­tion.org.

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