A 46-year-old Indian-origin community campaigner in the UK has been named a “Point of Light” by British Prime Minister David Cameron for her “fantastic” charity work and empowering young people, including women. Muna Chauhan was recognised for her work as a children’s charity fundraiser and empowering hundreds of women and young people to get involved with their community as volunteers.
“Muna has not only dedicated her time to raise a fantastic amount of money for the causes she supports, she has also empowered over 200 young people and women to get involved in volunteering and seeing the difference they make,” Cameron said. “By inspiring others to take action Muna has had an impact in more than just her own community, and I am delighted to recognise her as the UK’s 387th Point of Light,” he added.
The award has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the US. It honours outstanding examples of individual volunteering across the US and the UK. Apart from encouraging others to volunteer, Chauhan has helped raise over 5 million pounds for various international development charities and NGOs.
“I have always been passionate about women empowerment and youth development and strongly committed to supporting the development of unrepresented people and helping them to gain valuable life experience through volunteering activities,” Chauhan said.
“My greatest guiding influence in life has been Mahatma Gandhi, in particular his world famous quote: ‘be the change you want to see in the world’,” she said.