In its 2021 award ceremony, the Commonwealth has named British-Pakistani student Momin Saqib as its Youth COVID-19 Hero.
The Awards recognise 10 exceptional young people who have gone above and beyond to support communities during the crisis of COVID-19 pandemic.
Momin Saqib has been awarded for being a part of charitable initiative “One Million Meals”. Arif Malik, British-Pakistani restaurateur and award-winning chef, Raja Suleman Raza, are also the part of the initiative.
The initiative was supported and backed by football legend David Beckham. OMM was an emergency response to help provide free, warm meals to the National Health Service (NHS) staff and other key workers, including police, school staff, and fire fighters in the UK during the pandemic crisis.
According to media reports, the initiative has so far provided over 100,000 meals and beverages in more than 200 locations through 47 hospitals, trusts, and food banks.
“I am humbled to be recognised as a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero. I would like to thank all the volunteers who made this possible. The skills and relationships I developed during my time as both a student and staff member at King’s College London enabled me to turn this idea into a reality,” states Momin Saqib.
Saqib has a reward of becoming the first non-EU president of the students union at the King’s College London in 144 years. Apart from that He has also been awarded the Honorary Life Membership of the KCLSU
Interestingly, Saqib became a meme icon in 2019, when his frustrated remarks over Pakistan Cricket team’s performance in ICC World Cup 2019 took social media by storm as everyone can still relate to “O Bhae! Maro Mujhay Maro”.