Spirit of London Awards 2012 finalists for the ‘Community Champion’ category.
Meet the three finalists for this year’s Spirit of London Awards ‘Community Champion’ category. The winner will be announced on December 10th, at the awards ceremony in Greenwich’s O2 Arena.
Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka | Age: 25 | Borough: Croydon
Arnold was involved in a near fatal car accident in March 2006, since then he has been determined to give back as much as he can to the community. Amongst some of his achievements he has; represented Morgan Stanley at the Choice FM Young Leaders Awards,co-organised a student awards ceremony for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), co-founded APOM (A Part of Me), which has a vision of creating “A United African Community though Unity. He is also a Global Poverty Ambassador for the Global Poverty Project and was part of the steering committee for the Ghana High Commission’s Youth Day Initiative.
John Loughton | Age: 24 | Borough: Lewisham
John grew up in a workless single-parent Scottish household, in area of poverty and high social exclusion. He began campaigning from the age of 11 to obtain a youth voice, which led him to become the youngest Scottish Youth Parliament representative. Now based in South London, he runs a youth company called Dare2LEad – a social enterprise where he now employs other young people to help inspire a generation to believe they can achieve the world. He has worked in over twenty countries, five continents and engaged with numerous governments, businesses and NGOs.
Savan Shah | Age: 22 | Borough: Harrow
Savan voluntarily setup his own not for profit organisation ‘Inspire 4 Justice’ (I4J) in 2010, which aims to promote social justice and raise money for charitable causes, locally and in developing countries. He has fundraised for appeals such as the Tsunami Appeal and the East African Crisis Appeal, for which he raised a total of £1700. He has worked with at-risk and vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in his local area through teaching dance, leading to lasting positive change in Harrow. Savan then went on to fundraise £3000 for Raleigh International, in order to take part on a 10 week expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.