A Kingston dad is championing a new national awards ceremony to honour the work of the British Sri Lankan community.

Father of three, Ahmed Zimar Sivardeen (47) from Kingston, director of Specsavers in New Malden and chairman of The British Sri Lankan Association (BriSLA), is calling for nominations for the inaugural BriSLA Awards, to be held in London later this year.

A word from Ahmed

Ahmed said: ‘We are thrilled to announce the first BriSLA awards ceremony, where we will celebrate the successes of our thriving British Sri Lankan community in furthering prosperity in Sri Lanka. We know there are many worthy candidates and we look forward to deliberating over the nominations.’

The winners on the night will also be acknowledged at 2016’s London Marathon.

Further information

Entries are open in six categories: health and education, entrepreneurship, legal, public and community service, media and sports personality, with a closing date of July 31st.

BriSLA is a non-profit organisation, inclusive of all races, religions, schools of thought and traditions, which aims to assist in the relief of poverty, improve health and education, and minimise the carbon footprint. All nominations should be sent to chairman@brisla.org.uk.

The BriSLA Awards 2015 will take place on November 14th at Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London.

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