Awards for charity pair

From left: Saqib Ahmed, Humza Yousaf MSP, Maureen McKenna and Danial Shafique.
From left: Saqib Ahmed, Humza Yousaf MSP, Maureen McKenna and Danial Shafique.

A TEENAGE duo from Shawlands Academy have been recognised for their charity endeavours with a Diana Award.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday at Glasgow city chambers, where 17-year-olds Danial Shafique and Saqib Ahmed were named champion fundraisers.

After seeing the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan in recent years, the pair decided to help those who had been affected.

The boys raised awareness of the issue by presenting at school assemblies, and urging their fellow pupils to dig deep for charity.

Numerous fundraising events followed, including an evening meal on Iftar – when Muslims break their Ramadan fast – during which the fundraisers set up a live video conference with the head of Islamic Relief, Habib Malik, who answered questions on the impact of the floods.

Danial and Saqib raised over £2,600 for the cause, and were honoured with a Diana Award for their efforts.

Danial commented: “We wanted to raise awareness and some money for the flood victims in Pakistan. We didn’t expect to receive an award but we’re delighted that our effort has been recognised”.

Saqib added: “To be presented with a Diana Award is an amazing feeling. It is great to be recognised for our hard work, and the award has motivated us to continue supporting others”.

Donald MacBride, principal teacher of achievement at Shawlands Academy said that the school is “incredibly proud” of the charitable pair, and he added: “They have shown great maturity, confidence, understand and compassion. They are excellent role models”.

Danial and Saqib were among 150 young people being presented with a Diana Award – established in 1999 in memory of the Princess of Wales – by MSP Humza Yousaf and Glasgow city council’s Maureen McKenna.

The director of education said: “Glasgow has so many young people who are willing to give something back and make a positive contribution to society and they never cease to amaze me.

“All Diana Award winners have displayed dedication and commitment, and we are immensely proud of them”.