Fusion Awards 2010, Ewood Park.

PUBLISHED: 08:34 16 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 February 2013

UCLAN's Glenda Brindle presents Idanan Zafar with the education award

UCLAN's Glenda Brindle presents Idanan Zafar with the education award

Two big-hearted fundraisers from Blackburn were named women of the year at the Fusion Awards at Ewood Park.

Two big-hearted fundraisers from Blackburn were named women of the year at the Fusion Awards at Ewood Park.


Latifa Umar and Sofia Esa raised 90,00 over three years by hosting a series of events for the Rumah Aman Orphanage in Malaysia. The women are also in the process of planning a second project, Rumah Aman 2, which will help another 60 children.


The glittering awards, featuring a show of the latest Asian fashions, celebrates unsung community heroes from across the north west. Inspirational Kamran Ahmed, of Preston, was named man of the year. Despite suffering from muscular dystrophy, he is a volunteer at his local community centre and has become a role model for young people.


Other prizes included: public service award, Dr Alethea Melling; entrepreneurs of the year, Prestons Rukaiya and Sheheda Chand; community coach award, Hashmat and Janet Faqiri, also from Preston; education achievement, Runshaw College student, Idanan Zafar; young apprentices, Blackburn College students Nazleen Bachu and Claire Brown; achievement in sport, Preston schoolboy Sahir Iqbal; community group, The Indian Association of Manchester , youth leadership, Rochdales Dont Hate Us, Rate Us group.

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