Although in full-time employment, as a Senior Personal Bank Manager with Lloyds TSB, Muna works in her spare time as an active community campaigner, volunteering tirelessly for many voluntary and charity organisations in Coventry and across the UK. Her steadfast approach, influence and participation have been key to promoting good race relations and interfaith dialogue within various different groups.
In particular, Muna has helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity – Sewa International where she is a volunteer, for their worldwide appeals and campaigns. As well as raising funds, Muna has regularly gone out to disaster areas in countries abroad, which have been hit by Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Floods and Hurricanes, (at her own cost) to offer her voluntary services in the humanitarian and rehabilitation work, especially with befriending and counselling vulnerable children who have lost their parents and women who have become widows.
In addition, Muna is a familiar face around Coventry and helps many other community & voluntary organisations to raise funds for other charities including NSPCC, Myton Hospice, Cancer Research, Walsgrave Hospital and the Lord Mayor’s appeals. She is also an active member of the CIC Festival Committee, which consists of community and religious leaders who come together to organise and celebrate various festivals including Diwali, Vaisakhi and Christmas on a large scale.
In all the voluntary organisations that Muna is associated with , she strives to ensure that people from ethnic backgrounds in particular the elderly, young people, the disadvantaged and vulnerable and especially women are given the opportunity to gain confidence, training, empowerment skills and self awareness skills.
A spokesperson for Sewa International said “Muna is an ‘unsung hero’ for the City of Coventry. She always shy’s away from the glare of publicity and always puts others forward to receive praise. Muna always comments that it gives her great happiness to help others and feels that it is our duty to humanity to help one another. Muna Chauhan is worthy of recognition for her determination and compassion in helping people from all sections of the community”.
On receiving the award for her Muna commented “I am truly overwhelmed to receive this award, which I would like to dedicate in particular to all ethnic minority women, who do so much work with great selflessness and dedication to community development and, especially, to the progress and development of women. I hope that this award inspires other women to continue with the valuable work that they do in order to make this a better world”. Muna continued “in the world today, it is through women’s efforts throughout society, that communities are being sufficiently empowered, informed and supported in order to make a strong impact on ethics, values and governance”.
Muna says she has been personally inspired by another woman who did so much for society. She commented “Mother Teresa was a beacon of hope whose tireless faith and devotion to humanity touched the lives of many people. I take great strength from the work that Mother Teresa did and in particular from one of her famous quotes……
‘There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together’- Mother Teresa.