The Young Minority Awards Scotland 2010 is now taking place at the beginning of December 2010 in Dundee. Now in its third year the aim of the awards remain the same; to highlight the value of those young people from Ethnic backgrounds who have inspired others and contributed to life in their community. All nominations must be in by the 18th of November, which is just over a month away.
Commenting on the awards, Yasmin Mahmood, Campaign Manager at Oceanic Consulting said:
“To be organising such a great event which recognises the achievements of Scotland’s minority ethnic youth is an honour for us. Sadly, a lot of the time, the accomplishments of Scotland’s minority ethnic youth go unnoticed. The Young Minority Ethnic Awards Scotland was set up to break that mould. For the awards to be in their third year shows how successful they have been. I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting the youths in December whose peers felt their efforts have been well-deserved of a nomination.”
The awards recognise the achievements of minority ethnic youth in the following categories; Arts Contribution, Sports Achievement, Friend of the Environment, Apprentice of the Year, Science, Technology & Engineering Initiative, Career Achievement, Future Political Force, Community Contribution, and the Bashir Ahmad Spirit of Scotland Award – named in memory of the late SNP politician.
The Young Minority Ethnic Awards originated in 2008, taking place in The Scottish Parliament. Since then their popularity has increased year on year and continues to attract many high profile sponsors such as Strathclyde Police, The Scottish Government, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and Shell, among others. The awards aim to acknowledge, encourage, reward and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young Scottish people from minority ethnic backgrounds aged between 14 and 26 years.
Previous winners have included 2008 Arts Contribution winners, Knightswood Youth Theatre, a dedicated group of young asylum seekers, refugees and local Glaswegians working together to devise and perform exciting, original work; and through the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange Youth Theatre Festival have made a great contribution to Youth Theatre. Another deserving winner was Ifrah Raza, who took home the 2008 Sports Contribution Award for her sporting achievements in badminton. In 2001, with no previous sign of any illness, Ifrah suffered a cardiac arrest, slipped into a coma and suffered from chronic renal failure resulting in the removal of both kidneys. The following two years she lived a restricted life until she underwent a kidney transplant at the age of 13. Her indomitable spirit and resolute positive attitude to life saw her come out fighting and blazing a trail on the badminton court. Ifrah, aged 16, attended the UK Transplant Games in Bath in 2006 and Edinburgh in 2007 taking Gold two years running in singles badminton. In 2007 Ifrah headed to Bangkok, Thailand for the World Transplant Games as the sole Scottish competitor in the junior UK team – bringing back Silver in badminton doubles and Bronze in badminton singles
If you believe someone in your community deserves to be recognised for one or more of the awards, nominations forms are available from the website www.whozthedaddy.info and should either be emailed to email@example.com or sent to: Young Minority Ethnic Awards Scotland, Oceanic Studios, Polar House, 20 Darnley Street, Glasgow G41 2SE.
The event will also be chance to learn more about Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Scotland’s leading sight loss charity. They will be present at the event to help raise awareness of the growing numbers in Scotland who live their day to day lives blind or with severely impaired eye sight.
For further press information regarding The Young Minority Ethnic Awards Scotland please contact Oceanic Group’s PR Team on 0141 420 1333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information regarding the event please contact Yasmin Mahmood on 0141 420 1333 or email Yasmin@oceanicconsulting.co.uk