Our Chosen Charities & Causes
As always we are seeking local, regional, national and international charity organisations to support.
This has been a tough year for us all, and as you know the MTM Awards would usually be just around the corner with our annual celebration of the Asian, Black, and Ethnic communities taking place in December every year.
The pandemic and resulting lockdown have forced a change the format of the 2020 edition of The MTM Awards to ensure we recognize the amazing achievements of our thriving communities.
As always we support Charities every year and this year we are supporting a charity in Western Kenya SWEAT ( Soul Winners Evangelistic Associates Team ) and a church organisation – The Holy Cross Parish in the Nuba Mountains South Sudan.
Our Chosen Charity for MTM Awards 2019 was Dementia UK.
Please click on the link below to support Dementia UK.
Please do contact the team if your charity needs support.
This year the South West Food Bank Team has launched another campaign to support and connects the various Food Banks in the South West of England.
If you can help too please, pick up a few bits on your next shop and let us know where you are and we will come to collect Junior Sheikh South West Food Bank Appeal – 07943282145
The two international projects that we launched in December of 2020 will be our priority international charities for 2021!
SWEAT ( Soul Winners Evangelistic Associates Team )
Soul Winners Evangelistic Associates Team (SWEAT) is a non-profit-making registered in Kenya as a faith-based charity organization. They are housed on one acre of land, well-structured facilities, located at Kanduyi–Makutano village, western Kenya, focused on effective witnessing to the unreached people in the communities in the region.
“We invest with God by associating ourselves with the poor in the society by taking their plight. We operate an orphanage, a residential home called “Sweat K. Children’s Home”.
THE HOLY CROSS PARISH IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS SOUTH SUDAN.
The organisation is set by three Catholic Sisters who run a clinic where attending to up to 100 patients a day and help the elderly and vulnerable girls who are in abject poverty which has led to child marriages, domestic abuse and trafficking.
The organisation is in dire need of a community centre so as to uplift the uneducated mothers with sewing, cooking and teaching them to read and write.
“As we are based in one of the most impoverished regions of South Sudan aid has become a huge issue though we appreciate the donations that keep the Parish going we pray that a steady flow of support will realise our goal”.
CHOSEN CHARITIES 2012 – 2020
Chosen Charities 2012 – 2020
2019 Dementia UK – Please Support – www.dementiauk.org
2018 Prostate Cancer UK – Please Support – https://prostatecanceruk.org/
2018 endorsed Plastic Pollution Action Projects UK- Please Support – https://www.ppaap.org.uk/
2017 – The Great London to Bristol Ivory Belongs To Elephants Walk, this was a 210-kilometre walk over 10 days to “create awareness of the plight of the African elephant due to the continued poaching in Africa.”
2016 Al-Muqtadir Association, an organisation that champions the plight of People With Difficulties, in Mombasa County, Kenya.
2016 Feed The Homeless Bristol- Please Support – www.feedthehomeless.org.uk/
2015 Families Relief Charity UK- Please Support – http://www.familiesrelief.org/
2014 Diabetes UK- Please Support – https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
2012 Help For Heroes UK- Please Support – https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Every year we support a cause by creating awareness and propagating the need to support these causes.
Since the inaugural MTM Awards in 2012, we have supported causes and charities. In 2020 with the outbreak of Covid-19 we have been called upon to support the South West Food Bank Appeal, on launched on the 18th of March 2020 supported by Friends of the MTM Awards, a project initiated by our director, Junior Sheikh.
The team collected essential items and delivered to food banks, who had a bigger demand than usual during the pandemic.
A big THANK YOU to everyone that has donated so far. South West Food Bank will be going around picking up food all throughout these trying times.
Malik’s Stores Stapleton Road, Bristol, Bristol Sweetmart St. Mark’s Road, Bristol, Pakeeza Butchers Fishponds Road, Bristol, Raja Foods Cash & Carry Kingswood, Bristol, Pak Butchers Roman Road, Bristol, Vintage Birdcage Cakery Yate, Al-Makkah Butchers Stapleton Road, Bristol, Istanbul Supermarket Stapleton Road, Alfu Supermarket Fishponds The Cheese Cake Co Yate, South Gloucestershire, Sprint Print & Design, South Gloucestershire
We also thank the following individuals for donations:
Lee Dyer Yate, Sophie Sobas Charfield, Spencer Family Yate, Gary Mortiboys-Yate, David Moral Easton, Kani Naim of Hanham, Rachel Bullock St Paul’s, Bristol, Tim of Zero Degrees, Daniele Boccardi of Zero Degrees, Cllr.Bazil Solomon Swindon, Cllr. Imtiyaz Shaikh-Swindon, Hanna from Grupo Lounge, Pradeep Bhardwaj Swindon,
….and our ambassadors across the West Country…
Georgia Holmes, Pradeep Bhardwaj, Cllr. Imtiyaz Shaikh, Cllr. Bazil Solomon, Kiddie Sheikh Cllr. Chaz Singh Cllr. Ahmed Said Hansdot, Chef Kani Naim, Pooja Poddar and Yate Town Council Mayor Cllr. Karl Tomasin
OUR CHOSEN CHARITY FOR MTM AWARDS 2019 WAS DEMENTIA UK
Our chosen charity for MTM Awards 2019 was Dementia UK, Sophie Hirst, a Dementia South West volunteer joined us at the Glittering Gala Award Evening on Sunday, December 15th at the Bristol Marriott Hotel city centre.
ABOUT DEMENTIA UK
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service.
When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them. They give the compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions people need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.
Admiral Nurses are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK. Families that have their support have someone truly expert and caring by their side. They are a lifeline helping families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.
We believe that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one, and we’re working hard to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.
Why Admiral Nursing?
Admiral Nurses were named by the family of Joseph Levy CBE BEM, who founded the charity. Joseph had vascular dementia and was known affectionately as “Admiral Joe” because of his love of sailing.
Please Support – www.dementiauk.org
MTM AWARDS 2018 WAS PROSTATE CANCER UK
Our chosen charity for MTM Awards 2018 was Prostate Cancer UK, the team joined us at the Glittering Gala Award Evening on Sunday, December 16th at the Bristol Marriott Hotel city centre.
ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER the UK
In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Older men, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are more at risk.
If you have any of these risk factors or are worried about your risk of prostate cancer, or if you have any symptoms, speak to your GP. They can talk to you about your risk, and about the tests that are used to diagnose prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases as you get older. The average age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. If you are under 50, your risk of getting prostate cancer is very low.
Men under 50 can get it, but it isn’t common.
If you’re over 50 and you’re worried about your risk of prostate cancer, you might want to ask your GP about tests for prostate cancer. If you’re over 45 but have a higher risk of prostate cancer – because you have a family history of prostate cancer or you’re a black man – you might want to talk to your GP too.
Prostate Cancer UK (formerly known as The Prostate Cancer Charity) is a registered charity in England and Wales.
Our Chosen project for 2017 – IVORY BELONGS TO ELEPHANTS
In 2017 Our Chosen project was The African Elephant, we organised the first-ever Great London to Bristol Ivory Belongs To Elephant Walk to create awareness of the continued Slaughter of the African Elephant. MTM invited a team of seven from Kenya to participate in the 200-mile walk. The team was led by Raffi Sheikh who together with Joe Hawkins mapped out the route and the overnight stops.
The walk was flagged off by H E the High Commissioner of Kenya in London Lazarus Amayo at the Natural History Museum in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea London on Sunday the 3rd of December with overnight stopovers in Windsor, Reading, Newbury, Swindon, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Gloucester (no overnight stopover), Stroud, Chippenham, Bath, and a brief stop in Yate and to finished at Cenotaph, Bristol City Centre on Tuesday, December 12th.
We raised awareness of the plight of the African Elephant at every opportunity in different towns from Windsor to Bath. The Kenya team was later honoured at the Glittering Gala Award Evening at the Bristol Marriott Hotel.
The Great London to Bristol Ivory Belongs To Elephant Walk was the brainchild of Junior Sheikh the director of MTM Awards.
The rationale behind this walk is to raise awareness of the plight of African elephants and hope the United Kingdom stops the illegal domestic ivory market and join other nations to support the African Elephants Action Plan.
MTM Awards were introduced to Jim by one of his staunch supporters late Muzzafar Khan.
Also available during the Great Walk was a Coffee Table Book, “Elephants Wear Ivory”, with embedded videos in it.
This hardcover book with 50 images of Elephants also has a one hour documentary on Elephant Poaching, produced by Visual Africa Films called “THE LAST IN LINE.”
This Coffee Table book was produced by filmmaker Feisal Malik and wildlife photographer Tanvir Ali, also invited at the MTM Glittering.
WHY WE CHOSE THE ELEPHANT
Our most iconic African species are being pushed towards extinction – killed by poachers to supply an illegal trade worth up to 15 billion pounds a year – On the front line of this war are Africa’s elephants slaughtered for their Ivory – despite a ban on the international ivory trade the killing is only getting worse – 30,000 are shot every year and if that continues they could be gone from the wild within 25 years – we might lose these wise and emotionally intelligent animals.
The Slaughter of Elephants…….the slaughter of elephants upsets the ecosystem.
Elephants are leaders and protectors of other animals, without the lions, Zebras, rhinos and even hyenas become unsafe.
Our Walk created awareness against this slaughter. We connected with passersby, residents, and leaders of all cities towns & villages we walked.
Raffi the main organiser and lead walker guided campaigner Jim and supporters through the entire 10 day period from London to Bristol.
“We educated them, enlisted them in our campaign and requested they take a stand against the ivory trade”.
The murmur of crowds of onlookers and participants we met were ready to share our passion and drive, and we are glad together our cause will reverberate across the world. Walkers connecting with us at every stop sang with one voice – Ivory Belongs To Elephants. Imagine the voices, presence, energy and the message we shared across all cities, towns & villages we walked through and that message is already trending across the globe through social media and mainstream media.
What is Ivory and why does it belong on elephants?
We’ve all seen photographs of majestic elephants sporting long, off-white tusks on either side of their trunks. This Ivory is both beautiful on the animals and essential to the species’ survival. But what exactly is it?
Ivory tusks are massive teeth that protrude well beyond the mouths of elephants.
Like our teeth—and those of many mammals—these tusks are deeply rooted. Much of the tusk is made up of dentine, a hard, dense, bony tissue. And the whole tusk is wrapped in enamel, the hardest animal tissue and the part of the tusk that manages the most wear and tear.
Why do elephants have ivory tusks?
Elephant tusks evolved from teeth, giving the species an evolutionary advantage. They serve a variety of purposes: digging, lifting objects, gathering food, stripping bark from trees to eat, and defence. The tusks also protect the trunk—another valuable tool for drinking, breathing, and eating, among other uses.
Just as humans are left or right-handed, elephants, too, are left tusked or right tusked. The dominant tusk is usually more worn down for frequent use. Both male and female African elephants have tusks, while only male Asian elephants, and only a certain percentage of males today, have tusks.
Why is taking ivory tusks from elephants illegal?
Behind every piece of ivory, whether it be a full tusk or carved trinket—is a dead elephant. Poachers kill about 30,000 elephants every single year for their tusks, which are then traded illegally in the international market to eventually end up as ivory trinkets. This trade is mostly driven by demand for ivory in parts of Asia.
What can we do to stop wildlife crime?
Elephants, and animals such as tigers and rhinos, face the threat of poaching for their parts. We need your support to stop the demand for illegal wildlife parts and products.
Poaching & Human conflict
The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.
World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection.
We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits, but the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behaviour.
Please contact Junior Sheikh for details of our next campaign.
..we have also supported a number of local charity projects…
Plastic Pollution Awareness & Action Projects 2018
We also supported a local charity FeedTheHomelessBristol by providing a platform to launch the organisation at the MTM Glittering Gala Award Evening. In 2018 we invited 10 members of FeedTheHomelessBristol to join us at the awards evening as our guests.
FeedTheHomeless are a diverse group of people from all walks of life and faiths, united by a desire to feed the homeless in Bristol. Whilst most people are relaxing at home on a Friday night, these wonderful souls help provide the best possible service to the homeless in Bristol, making sure that all of their service users get a hot meal safely and provide them with conversation and smiles whilst they wait their turn in the queue.
Bristol Somali Women’s Group was founded in 2016 by three friends, Faiza Ibrahim, Iman Omar and Amina Hassan. The team’s passion to empower Somali women in the city with regular day workshops and a one to one talk on issues affecting most Somali women. they broke ranks with tradition and often joined the multi-faith trail to visit places of worships other than of their faith on the inter-faith open day. When famine struck Somalia, their motherland the trio launched a funds drive to assist the victims of the 2017 Somalia Drought that climaxed at the Future Inn Bristol with the High Sheriff of Bristol as chief guest. MTM Awards supported the cause by providing event management, posters and audio-visual facilities as part of our contribution.
…and the first international project we supported was..
CHOSEN PROJECT FOR 2016 AL-MUQTADIR ASSOCIATION
Ramla Said Omar Mohamed is a disability activist and an inspiration to many women with disabilities in Kenya, her country of birth. She is Founder and of the Al-Muqtadir Association and Chair lady of Mvita Constituency in Mombasa, organisations which encourage people with disabilities, in particular, to mobilise and exchange their personal and social experiences.
The structured empowerment programs that these organisations offer are designed to enable participants to enhance their knowledge and understanding of policies, best practice and challenges for improving access, opportunities and quality of life for people with disabilities in developing communities.
Equipped with qualification and skills in Information Technology from the Mombasa Polytechnic institution (2002/3), Ramla trains youth and people with disabilities in computer skills and packages. After the 2013 Kenya General elections, the new Member of Parliament in the Mvita Constituency formed a Committee to take charge of the Community Development Funds (CDF). Ramla Said was elected by the community to represent people with disabilities issues in the Committee for a term of five years.
In 2013 the Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) organization in Kenya awarded Ramla the prestigious PWANI Human Rights Award in the ‘Person with a Disability of the Year’ category.
Later that year, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Kenya recognized her with a Certificate for her contribution in pioneering various socio-economic development initiatives for women with disabilities in the Mombasa County.
In 2013 Ramla was invited by the American Embassy in Kenya to participate in the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the US for current and emerging world leaders.
Ramla holds a Certificate presented to her by the United States Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for her selfless contribution to the development of people with disabilities in Africa.
In 2015 she was honoured in South Africa at Valhalarts Awards with an Empower Women Award for persons with disability by exposing their profession and talents or making a change in the community and was lucky enough to be nominated for an International Award for their first time.
Ramla Said was honoured at the MTM Awards 2018 with a Special Recognition Award.