Celebrating 10 years in business is a significant milestone, celebrating 10 years as a community radio station bringing diverse communities together, is a major achievement. Under the helm of station manager, Ram Kalyan “Kelly”, who bubbles up with endless amounts of enthusiasm and energy, the celebration was marked with the launch of community awards that sought to shine the spotlight on those unsung heroes in the community.
Kelly brought a team of judges together to consider nominations of those people who had made a significant difference to the quality of lives of people in their communities. Invariably these community heroes dedicated their time and energy without seeking recognition for their hard work and were profiled by The Daily Echo
Several meetings later and after careful selection, the judges settled on one community award winner and one who was to receive a lifetime achievement award. Every community hero however was worthy of recognition and they were able to meet each other and celebrate unity in the community at a musical showcase event.
ITV filmed the event and ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra, presented the lifetime achievement award. To see the highlights and interviews with the winners ITV Meridian
The judges included the following:
Sangeeta Bhabra ITV News Presenter
Dahlia Jamil Chair of Art Asia
Don John Race & Diversity Consultant
Ram Kalyan “Kelly” Station Manager Unity 101
Ravi Parmar President of The Verdict Hindu Temple
Lena Samuels Director Wessex Media Group and BBC Radio Solent Producer
Ahmad Sasso MBE Hampshire Constabulary
Gulzar Sharif Deputy Chief Executive West Itchen Community Trust
Harjinder Singh Economics lecturer at Southampton Solent University