Sikh awarded at The People’s Award
The vision and entrepreneurism of Davinder Singh Bal lead to the launch of Britain’s first Sikh TV channel, two years later the Sikh Chanel has moved from being a Community Interest to a Charity and last night witnessed the inauguration of ‘The People’s Awards’
These awards were attended by hundreds from around Europe and Punjab, to recognise the achievements of the Britain’s Sikh community; including a representative from the British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s office attended and gave a special message from Downing Street.
The Sikh channel is the first channel in Britain that exclusively reports on Sikh issues and promotes the Sikh faith. The Sikh Channel broadcast o around Europe and is watched by millions of Sikhs via the internet. Sikh channel works predominantly to promote the Sikh faith and focus on the issue of the worlds 155 million Sikhs.
The awards, to be presented at a glittering ceremony in Birmingham will recognise outstanding personal and business achievement by British Sikhs. The aim of the event is to celebrate the important contribution the Sikh community makes to British society and to the economy.
There were ten categories, other acheivents were accredited including the Media Partners The Sikh Times, the European guests, the Judges and the presenter for the evening Dr Sadhu Singh.
Amrik Singh Gill from the Sikh Federation UK was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award, warding off stiff competition from Amardeep Singh and Gurdev Kaur.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr Gurnam Singh, the delicious totally vegetarian food was sponsored by Mahirs Catering, despite the Sikh faith embracing equality there was a distinct lack of nominations for women and th have a female judge was clearly out of the question, only two women Dr Sukhdeep Kaur Mall from Khalsa College in Amritsar and Kamel Hothi Director of Lloyds TSB gave speeches and presented two awards.
But Gurmit Singh from Italy stole the show by having the vision to present a special award to Davinder Singh Bal for his dedication and hard work to provide the Sikhs with a dedicated channel.
Other Awards and Nominees
People’s Choice Award – Presented by Amardeep Singh from Derby
Rabinder Singh QC
Ajit Singh Matlachi – The Winner
Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Presenter by Rob form the Prime Ministers Office
Ramin Ranger – The Winner
Outstanding Service Award – Presented by Steve Moo
Dr Surjit Singh – The Winner
Bobby Singh Bansal
Community Seva Award – Presented by Dr Gurnam Singh
Cllr Chaz Singh – The Winner
Cllr Rajinder Singh
Philanthropist of the Year Award – Presented by Avtar Singh Missionary
Nirmal Singh OBE
Harbhajan Singh – The Winner
Outstanding young achievers in sport – Presented by Gurmail Singh Khandola
Ashpal Kaur Bogal – The Winner
Kiran Kaur Hare
Public Service Award - Presented by Brigadier Mark Brennon
Superintendent Raj Kohli
Simarjeet Singh and Sarbjit Singh (Guards to Her Majesty The Queen) – The Winners
Chief Inspector Shindo Barquar
Sikh Channel Education Award – Presented by Kamal Hothi
Dr Surinder Singh Sangha
Dr Surinder Singh OBE
Rajinder Singh Sandhu – The Winner
Public Charity Award was secured by the charity Sikh Aid
The arduous and challenging task of selecting the winners was assigned to Jasbir Singh Wouhara, Amrik Singh OBE, Vic Sethi, Peter Virdee and Mr Khalsi