A shining light
An inspirational Scout leader is honoured by the Prime Minister.
A Scout leader from Bristol, who has brought together hundreds of young people from different faiths, has been awarded a volunteering award by Prime Minister David Cameron.
For the past 11 years, Amir Cheema has dedicated his time to helping young Muslims become part of the Scout movement. His efforts have meant that young people from different backgrounds and faiths have come together – leading to better community cohesion and understanding.
Amir received a Point of Light award for all of his hard work by Prime Minister David Cameron. The award recognises outstanding individual volunteers: people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. The award has recently been developed in partnership with the successful Points of Light programme in America and has since recognised over 5,000 inspirational individuals.
Speaking about awarding Amir a Point of Light, the Prime Minister said:
‘I’m delighted to recognise Amir as a Point of Light. What he is doing is so inspiring. By pioneering the growth of Scouting in Muslim communities he is making this great tradition something that can be shared by everyone. Scouting has made an extraordinary contribution to our country for over a century. It’s fantastic that this movement is still growing and that Amir’s work is at the heart of a wider ambition to unite our communities in the service of others.’
Having seen the life-changing opportunities Scouting gave his own children, Amir volunteered as an adult leader with the Scout Movement. He now travels across the UK to support the development of new Scout Groups, offering training and knowledge to new communities setting up groups for the first time. His work has enabled many young people to become part of a movement that would otherwise not have been available to them.
Amir comments: ‘It’s amazing to receive the Point of Light award from our Prime Minister David Cameron. It’s a massive privilege to accept this award on behalf of the fantastic volunteers from the Muslim Scout Fellowship and my Brunel Scout District, who work tirelessly to help young people experience the adventure of a lifetime.’
He adds: ‘Helping young people grow and develop through adventurous, fun and purposeful activity is the best way to develop a peaceful and productive society.’
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