UNITED SIKHS
October 15 2010
1st Katik (Samvat 542 Nanakshahi)
Press Release

UNITED SIKHS WINS SIKH AWARD FOR CHARITY

“We have dedicated the accolade to Director and consummate volunteer, Gurmit Singh of Coventry, who sadly passed on after an illness last month,” said UNITED SIKHS director, Ravjeet Singh, on receiving the Award.

London, UK, 15th October, 2010 – UNITED SIKHS received the ‘Sikhs and Charities’ Award at a prestigious Sikh Awards ceremony held at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, last Sunday. The Sikh Awards were presented by The Sikh Directory, who described the event as having the distinction of being the world’s first Sikh Awards ceremony.

The ‘Sikhs and Charities’ Award was given to UNITED SIKHS for best demonstrating ‘that it has the community at heart and has had a positive impact whilst improving the health and wellbeing of Sikhs”. The award was received by UNITED SIKHS Directors Ravjeet Singh and Harbans Kaur.

“We have dedicated the accolade to Director and consummate volunteer, Gurmit Singh of Coventry, who sadly passed on after an illness last month,” said Ravjeet Singh, on receiving the Award.

Gurmit Singh joined UNITED SIKHS during our Right To Turban campaign against the turban ban in France and he became a dedicated sevadar thereafter. You can read more about Right To Turban and our other campaigns on our website at www.unitedsikhs.org/rtt

The panel of 5 esteemed judges, comprising Sir Mota Singh QC, Mrs Harminder Kaur Mr. Peter Singh, Dr. Surinder Kaur and Mr. Ranjit Singh, selected the winners from nominees who have made a significant contribution to British society in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, charity, the media, service and education.

 
UNITED SIKHS director, Ravjeet Singh, receiving the 'Sikhs and Charities' Award   Entertainer Mr Jazzy B after receiving his award

The other awardees were: Bhai Fauja Singh, 99 year old marathon runner, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani OBE of Vitabiotics ( Sikhs in Business Award); Prof Tejinder Singh Virdee of Imperial College London and the CERN Institute Geneva, (Sikhs in Education Award); Dr Manjit Kaur Birdi (Sikhs and Seva Award); Dr Rabinder Kaur Buttar (Sikh Business Women Award); Mr Jaswinder Singh Sehmbi (Sikh Entrepreneur Award); Jaswinder Singh Bains orJazzy B (Sikhs in Entertainment Award); Dr Gurjeet Kaur Bains, Editor in Chief of Sikh Times (Sikhs in Media Award); Satnam Singh Dhillon, polo player (Sikhs in Sports Award).  To view a picture gallery of the Awards ceremony, click here.  For details on winners and awards visit the Sikh Awards website at http://www.sikhawards.com/winner.aspx

The event, which was presented by BBC presenter Sonia Deol, was attended by about 600 prominent Sikhs and leaders of other communities from the UK and abroad, amongst whom was Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh ji of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha , Judge Sir Mota Singh QC, entrepreneur Gurbaksh Singh of the USA, Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship winner Mr Roop Singh, musician and producer Mr. Sukhshinder Singh Shinda, film maker Ms. Gurinder Kaur Chada, charity director Mr. Harbinder Singh and the first female Sikh Baroness in Waiting to the Queen Mrs. Sandip Kaur Verma.

 
Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani Founder of Vitabiotics, centre, after receiving his Award   Navdeep Singh Bansal, creator of The Sikh Awards
 
Marathon runner Bhai Fauja Singh (left) and Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ji with BBC presenter Sonia Deol   Gurjeet Kaur Bains, centre, Editor of Sikh Times

UNITED SIKHS is run by dedicated volunteers and we need your contributions to continue with the seva. Please donate now to help us continue to do our award-winning work in the fields of legal advocacy, humanitarian aid and education throughout the world by visiting our online donation page at www.unitedsikhs.org/donate or by posting a cheque or making a bank remittance to a UNITED SIKHS chapter nearest to you, whose details can be obtained at www.unitedsikhs.org/contact.php

Issued by:
Karanjeet Kaur
PR & Communications Coordinator
UNITED SIKHS
media@unitedsikhs.org
+44 (0) 8701993328

UNITED SIKHS is run by dedicated volunteers and we need your contributions to continue with the seva. Please donate now to help us continue to do our award-winning work in the fields of legal advocacy, humanitarian aid and education throughout the world by visiting our online donation page at www.unitedsikhs.org/donate or by posting a cheque or making a bank remittance to a UNITED SIKHS chapter nearest to you, whose details can be obtained at www.unitedsikhs.org/contact.php

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OUR MISSION

To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.

UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.

UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic service and social progress on behalf of the common good.

Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.

We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.