Balsall Heath Forum Holds 5th Annual Heart of Gold awards

In celebration of Birmingham’s multi-faith identity

Syed Muhammad Zafarullah Shah receives award

Rhonda Samuels receives well deserved recognition for a person whose faith in humanity has committed her to help all those most vulnerable in our society whilst also volunteering at the Balsall Heath Forum.

The vibrancy and inspiration of Birmingham’s multi-faith identity has been celebrated at the Balsall Heath Forum’s 5th annual Heart of Gold awards.

The ceremony at the Balsall Heath Church Centre marked the amazing contribution made by people of all faiths, including those whose belief in humanity inspired them to go beyond the call of duty in helping improve the lives of fellow residents in the Balsall Heath neighbourhood, nationally and internationally.

“We’re all part of a community somewhere and how it
looks is determined by the people in it.

The evening’s entertainment included a stunning solo vocal performance by budding singer Intesham Sajid from Heath Mount School as well as a beautifully choreographed dance routine by Laith Qasam Yr5 and Samy Saif Yr5  from the school.

It was performed to a packed audience of 300 local residents from all ages and backgrounds, with guests including West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Michele Larmour, local councillors and members of the major faith communities.

The winners were a diverse mix of people, from many faiths and many backgrounds.

Balsall Heath Forum Chief Executive Abdullah Rehman said: “These celebrations are about recognising the valuable contributions individuals from the faith establishments make on a regular basis for their communities. Their selfless acts help to improve lives and these awards are just a small thank you.”

ACC Larmour tweeted “tremendous example of empowerment in the community, encouragement of women and youth” #active citizens.  She added she was delighted to honour the great work of the recipients as she presented the community awards with Councillor Shafique Shah.

The Heart Of Gold event was followed by the Balsall Heath Forum’s AGM, and ended with a balti which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Summing up the evening, Councillor Shafique Shah, the city council cabinet member for cohesion, said: “We’re all part of a community somewhere and how it looks is determined by the people in it.

“Let’s be inspired and encouraged to all get involved, to give our time, to help our neighbours, to make a difference and build better communities”

Balsall Heath Forum sends out a special thanks to Balsall Heath Church Centre, Police, Ashram Mosely, St Pauls, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust, Central Mosque and Islamic Help for their continued support.





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