Two of Airtel Touching Lives awardees – Ms. Winifred Selby and Chef Elijah Amoo Addo, have recently been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at the Young Leaders Awards.
The duo was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 29, 2017 in London, UK.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was launched in 2014 to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee and aims to discover, celebrate and support young people, aged 18 – 29 – across the Commonwealth who are leading or driving remarkable initiatives that positively impact lives in their communities and beyond.
The two were part of three Ghanaians honoured and a total of 60 awardees from Africa.
Winifred Selby through her Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative produces and export high quality and durable bamboo bikes.
She is also the founder of EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative which empowers young people from deprived communities by raising funds and resources to help promote education among children of school going age.
Her organisation also distributes sanitary pads to students in deprived communities. She was awarded for her work by Airtel Ghana during Airtel Touching Lives season 3.
Elijah Amoo Addo is the founder of Food for all Ghana, an organisation which advocates against food wastage.
They collect leftover foods from restaurants and food vendors to feed the mentally challenged and needy people.
His work was recognised by Airtel Ghana during season 3 of the multiple award winning Airtel Touching Lives programme.
Commenting on the recognition, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Airtel, Hannah Agbozo, said “On behalf of everyone at Airtel and the country as a whole, I want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the Ghanaian awardees”.
She explained that “We are extremely proud of the work that Winifred and Elijah are doing and we share in their success and achievements. As awardees of the Airtel Touching Lives programme, which seeks to empower individuals to make a marked difference in their communities, this current recognition should encourage them to impact more lives through the initiatives they proudly champion”.
She continued: “Airtel Ghana is passionate about empowering young people to fully realise their potential and to pursue their dreams. Winifred and Elijah continue to demonstrate the impact our Touching Lives programme is having in the lives of Ghanaians across the country”.