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British Gurkha Welfare Society and the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community celebrates community service award (Source: BGWS PR Prakash Gurung)
The British Gurkha Welfare Society and Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community are celebrating after chairman Tikendra Dal Dewan was awarded a prestigious Asian community service award.
Major Dewan (retired) was presented with the Community Service Award at the Eleventh Asian Achievers Award organised in conjunction with the Asian Voice newspaper for his continuing role in Gurkha welfare and civic issues, and is the first Nepali to receive this award.
The judging panel recognised Major Dewan’s continued role in chairing the BGWS, representing the Nepali community as president of the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community and various civic roles including serving as governor of two local schools. Major Dewan, however, was keen to stress that the award was recognition of the work of the BGWS as a whole, and Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community, rather than any kind of personal accolade.
“Receiving this award is a wonderful honour,” said Major Dewan. “But it would be crass to suggest that this is for anything less than a team effort. This is in recognition of the tireless work that my friends and colleagues at the BGWS and GRNC have put in, day after day, to help Gurkhas and their families not only in Farnborough and Aldershot, but in the rest of the UK and in Nepal, this extends to members from the wider Nepali community as well”
Receiving the award at a ceremony at Wembley in London, Major Dewan highlighted the ongoing welfare issues facing the Gurkha community and called for the pensions inequality for Gurkhas who retired before 1997 to be rectified.
Gurkhas.com joins the wider Gurkha Nepalese fraternity in congratulating the Chair (BGWS) and President (GRNC) Maj. (Retd) Tikendra on winning this wonderful accolade, which surely couldn't have come at a more crucial time. We applaud the manner in which he has humbly dedicated the award to the 'team effort' of the two communities he represents- GRNC and the BGWS. Without a doubt, it is a powerful recognition of his tireless voluntary service to promote better outcomes for the communities he represent and better inter-communal relations.
Well done also to the organisers of Asian Achievement Awards for finally recognising contributions made by UK-settled Nepalese diaspora to their communities. May this pave the way for many succeeding recognitions of our community members' great deeds in future, which we too will take much delight in highlighting further- Gurkhas.com Team
The Significance of Asian Achievers Awards (Source:aaa.abplgroup.com)
It is the time of year when Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar celebrate the various outstanding roles played by Britain’s Asian community.
Over the years the Asian community has made a significant contribution to the UK economy and to the rich cultural diversity of British society. British Asians are said to contribute 6% to the UK GDP, whilst making up only 4% of the population. Asians have continued consistently to scale the pinnacles of success and today occupy positions of authority and influence. Asian women too are at the forefront of this success story, playing an increasingly important role in various walks of life. Sports, media, arts, culture and community services now boast Asian achievers at the highest level. It is against this background that the Asian Achievers Awards salute individuals who are singularly responsible for bringing the Asian community to the centre stage of British life. Exceptional and exemplary achievements of individual that are truly inspirational.
Whilst the early migrants struggled to make Britain home- their sacrifices, resilience and determined efforts have meant that the younger generations have been able to flourish, with the majority of them being well-settled, successful and occupying important positions in all walks of life. Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar continue to proudly play their part in recording the community’s consistent efforts to maintain and enhance its position within the British society.
To ensure that the future generations will continue to carry the success further, ABPL recognisees individuals from various fields for their contribution to the society through Asian Achievers Awards (AAA).
The AAA is now in its 11th year and by an impressive array of high net worth individuals, industry captains, high - level decision makers, Parlimentarians, community leaders and senior professionals .
There are various types of awards, but Asian Achievers Awards (AAA) is rather unique. Instead of few individuals deciding who the award winner is, a truly independent panel of judges are given total freedom to select a shortlist and then the winner in each category. Not only the subscribers and the readers of Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar but also the wider community is invited to nominate in various categories of the award, as its publicised through radio, television, internet and various events. Every year we receive a record number of nominations and the calibre of the candidates are always very impressive.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ASIAN ACHIEVER'S AWARD, PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW:
The pictures are courtesy of BGWS PR Mr. Prakash Gurung
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