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Young Citizen Award 2019: Do you know a young person making a difference in Redbridge?

PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 June 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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Do you know a young person in the borough using their skills and talents for the good of the community?

Jamala Osman accepting her award at the National Rotary Young Citizen Winners event on Saturday, April 7. Photo: Rotary UKJamala Osman accepting her award at the National Rotary Young Citizen Winners event on Saturday, April 7. Photo: Rotary UK

Are they involved in charity work to help the less fortunate? Or raising vital funds?

Are they using their creativity for a cause?

Or have they overcome tough challenges to achieve great things?

Each week the Recorder will shine a light on the bright stars in the borough as part of the Young Citizen Award, run in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club.

Last year’s Ilford Recorder Young Citizen Award of Year Award was won by 22-year-old Isaac Harvey.

He 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.

Speaking at the time, 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.”

Former Loxford School pupil Jamala Osman, who came runner-up in the Recorder’s campaign, went on to scoop last year’s national Rotary Young Citizen award.

She was just 14 when she was kicked out of her father’s home in Ilford, after her mother died and she lost contact with her siblings.

But she quickly turned her life around, and after reconnecting with her siblings at the age of 18, took over care responsibilities for her younger brother and sister.

She soon found herself accepted on to a highly competitive Barclays apprenticeship programme in 2012 and became one of the youngest branch managers at 21.

She received her trophy and a £500 cheque to be donated to a charity of her choice at this year’s Rotary Young Citizen winners event in Torquay on Saturday, April 7.

The Young Citizen Award is run by the Ilford Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club.

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.

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