Hannah Chowdhry Winner of Young Citizen Award 

16-year-old Hannah Chowdhry nominated by Redbridge Rotary Club has won a Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Young Citizen Award 2020.  

 

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Hannah is on the front line helping at a daily project to feed the homeless and vulnerable in Ilford, as the youngest volunteer for the British Asian Christian Association.  

 

Hannah started volunteering at a food bank and “Meals for the Homeless” project in January 2020, which included cooking meals for the rough sleepers and she has built up a strong bond with many of them.   

 

At secondary school, Hannah became aware that some pupils were using legal-highs, so she started a campaign which led to the creation of a borough-wide reporting portal to help map drug-related crime. She is also a long-term campaigner against knife crime and sits on a youth reference panel for the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime.  

 

Redbridge Rotary Club was so impressed by Hannah’s community work that they nominated her for a Rotary Young Citizen Award after she was named as the annual winner of the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award by a panel of judges from the local community.  

 

She was interviewed on the BBC News Channel’s ‘Afternoon Live with Simon McCoy’ programme. You can see her interview on the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland YouTube Video Channel: