Queen Elizabeth II has honoured two of Airtel Touching Lives awardees, Ms Winifred Selby and Chef Elijah AmooAddo, at the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was launched in 2014 to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee and also to discover, celebrate and support young people, aged between 18 and 29 across the Commonwealth who are leading or driving remarkable initiatives that positively impact lives in their communities and beyond.
The two were part of three Ghanaians honoured among a total of 60 awardees from Africa.
Winifred Selby through her Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative produces and exports high quality and durable bamboo bikes. She is also the founder of EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative which empowers young people from deprived communities by raising funds and resources to help promote education among children of school going age.
Her organisation also distributes sanitary pads to students in deprived communities and was awarded by Airtel Ghana during Airtel Touching Lives Season 3.
Chef Elijah AmooAddo is the founder of Food for all Ghana, an organization which advocates against food wastage.
His organisation collects leftover foods from restaurants and food vendors to feed the mentally challenged and needy people.
His work was recognised by Airtel Ghana during Season 3 of the multiple award winning Airtel Touching Lives programme.
Commenting on the recognition, Hannah Agbozo, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Airtel said “On behalf of everyone at Airtel and the country as a whole, I want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the Ghanaian awardees. We are extremely proud of the work that Winifred and Elijah are doing and we share in their success and achievements.
As awardees of the Airtel Touching Lives programme, which seeks to empower individuals to make a marked difference in their communities, this current recognition should encourage them to impact more lives through the initiatives they proudly champion”.
Airtel Ghana is passionate about empowering young people to fully realise their potential and to pursue their dreams. Winifred and Elijah continue to demonstrate the impact our Touching Lives programme is having in the lives of Ghanaians across the country”.
Hannah Agbozosaid Airtel Ghana will continue to demonstrate commitment towards empowering individuals to live their dreams and make a change in their communities through the company’s impactful CSR initiatives including projects such as Catapult Your Business, Airtel Touching Lives and Airtel Rising Stars.
By: Leticia Ohene-Asiedu