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Ilford vlogger wins Young Citizen of the Year Award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 March 2018

Isaac Harvey receives his Young Citizen of the Year Award from Recorder editor Lindsay Jones and Eve Conway, of Redbridge Rotary Club.He was joined on stage by other nominees Zak Cohen, Salahadin Abdelkadir, Tomasz Cienkowski and Jamala Osman. Photo: Ellie Hoskins.

Isaac Harvey receives his Young Citizen of the Year Award from Recorder editor Lindsay Jones and Eve Conway, of Redbridge Rotary Club.He was joined on stage by other nominees Zak Cohen, Salahadin Abdelkadir, Tomasz Cienkowski and Jamala Osman. Photo: Ellie Hoskins.

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Ilford vlogger Isaac Harvey has been crowned winner of the Ilford Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen of the Year 2018.

Isaac Harvey was announced the winner of the Young Citizen award for 2018 and used his acceptance speech to tell people they could overcome any obstacles. Picture: Ellie HoskinsIsaac Harvey was announced the winner of the Young Citizen award for 2018 and used his acceptance speech to tell people they could overcome any obstacles. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

The 22-year-old was born with limb/pelvic hypoplasia syndrome, which mean he has no arms and a weak pelvis, so does most things with his feet.

But it hasn’t stopped him from taking on challenges such as skydiving and wheelchair slalom, which he documents on his YouTube channel called iNeedaCoolname.

He was presented with a glass trophy by Recorder editor Lindsay Jones and £100 from Redbridge Rotary Club at the Mayor’s Community Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 22.

He said: “My reaction to winning was very shocked but at the same time it was one of those moments which made me realise that the work I do inspiring others means something to the greater community.

“And that just means I am doing a great job and from this I will carry on inspiring others and proving people wrong in what I can and can’t do.”

In July 2017, Isaac beat off thousands of entries to win the Vlogstar Challenge award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

In his video, Hard Work (It Pays Off), Isaac talks about how his sporting activities, including sailing, might seem inspiring but are the result of hard work.

Asked how he plans to spend his £100 award, he said: “I will be honest, I will plan on saving it for my next venture whatever that might be.”

Going forward, Isaac hopes to continue growing the viewership of YouTube channel which he has worked on for the past eight years.

“It’s been a long road with my YouTube channel,” he said.

“I have been changing content, inspiring people with my videos, showing people what I can do and never really growing on it so overall I want to get my message out there to the wider world and get more people inspired.”

He added: “I also want to use the platform to get people helping others by just doing kind acts.

“I started my channel to just have fun and I want to carry on doing so.”

The Young Citizen Award is run by the Ilford Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre in Ilford. It aims to highlight the good things being done in the borough by people under 25.

Each year the overall winner and runner-up go through to the national Young Citizens final run by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.

Watch Isaac’s YouTube videos here.


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