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2014 GMC Community Activities

December – GMC was nominated for an award at the London Leadership & Peace Awards. GMC Business Manager, James King, received a certificate of appreciation at London City Hall in recognition of GMC’s contribution to peace and justice in London. James said GMC was honoured to be nominated and would continue bringing people from different backgrounds together and building bridges in our communities. gmc2
December – GMC is sponsoring Avinash Singh USD 250 to run the New York Marathon next year. Avinash is running in support of Team for Kids, a charity who provide free or low-cost health and fitness programs to kids who would otherwise have little or no access to regular physical activity. These programs serve more than 200,000 children each year in more than 800 schools and community centers in New York City and around the world.
December – GMC has donated GBP 250 towards the Rotary Surgical Glove Campaign to tackle Ebola. Every £1 raised will source 15 pairs of surgical gloves in Liberia – thousands are needed. rotary1
22 December – GMC is donating GBP 350 to support Girl Child Network Worldwide, the Mayor of Lambeth’s partner charity this year.
December – Prem Goyal was the guest speaker at the Kumon Champion of Champions school based spelling contest final held James Allen’s Girls School on 13th December. GMC also sponsored the first prize of £200 for the winning school. IMG_1284
November – GMC celebrated Thanksgiving on 28th November. It was an enjoyable evening of fun and good food that brought people of different faiths and backgrounds together to celebrate and understand this American tradition.
Bede_House_1 November – GMC is donating GBP 700 towards Bede House Association, a youth centre in London. Next year will be a big year for Bede as they plan to open a new centre as part of the renovation of the Maydew House tower block.
November – GMC donated GBP 500 towards the Mosque Appeal of the Islamic Prayer Group in Southwark, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.
November – GMC is once again sponsoring the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Surrey Local Sports Awards. GMC is proud to recognise volunteers and community champions. Surrey Sports Awards 2014_3
iba charity1 June – Dorcas Fayemi, Founder of IBA Charity was presented the 2015 GMC Community Champion Award by Amadu Kanumansa and a cheque for £100. Dorcas’ IBA Charity provides educational and leisure opportunities for young people including disabled people, their carers and families, and support for older people. Congratulation’s Dorcas!
November – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, was invited as a guest speaker to the 2014 ParliaMentors Alumni Awards, hosted by 3FF (Three Faiths Forum). The event was held at the House of Lords. In his speech, Prem talked about his personal journey and secrets of success. This was followed by a Q&A session – all to a gathering of future leaders, business leaders, MPs, as well as Lord and Lady Sheikh. Prem meeting attendees
IMG_1094 November – GMC celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Islamic Prayer Group based at the Islamic Prayer Group and Community Centre on Old Kent Road in South London. There were 300 people who attended the event, dressed in colourful clothes and enjoying the delicious Nigerian food.
October – GMC supported diversity and achievement at the 11th Basic Business Awards on 25th October. The BBI Awards were launched in 2004 to promote and celebrate diversity and achievement amongst our mixed community. it showcases individuals, businesses and enterpriseses both at home and abroad. The awards ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Southwark, the Deputy Leader of the Council as well as other local leaders and community champions.  As a Patron of BBI, GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal presented the International Business Award to Abbey Paseda for his work for Focus on Disability UK. Congratulations to Abbey!
Prem with Eileen Ollieuz /> October – Prem Goyal was invited to visit Highshore school in Southwark to share his personal story and business acumen with students and staff. Prem chatted with the students and staff about enterprise education. They proudly shared their current business ideas, including Buff bites, Handmade jewellery and Upcycling furniture. Eileen Ollieuz, the Headteacher at Highshore, said: “…thank you for your inspiring visit this morning. We really appreciate your time and you’ve given us a lot of ideas.”
October – GMC proudly sponsored The Irish Dance London Open 2014 organised by Southwark’s Carragher Academy.  Twentythree dance schools from all over England participated with around 200 dancers competing and 400+ people attending. Prem Goyal welcomed the participants and guests before declaring the competition open. Later he presented awards to the winners. carragher academy southwark london open1
southwark hero award sue heath downeySeptember – The GMC Southwark Hero awards recognised the efforts and contribution of 3 community champions. The winners for 2014 were: Adedokun Lasaki, recipient of the Life Achievement Award; Sue Heath-Downey, Musical Director of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society; and Prince Jah, recipient of the Unsung hero award.
September –  GMC celebrated Eid with 200 people, including community leaders, community champions, and families on 6th September at Brimtonroy TRA. Prem Goyal spoke, encouraging everyone to come together to strengthen community relations by celebrating more major global festivals. standing by the famous front door
standing by the famous front door August – GMC’s very own Prem Goyal was invited on a tour of Downing Street with a group from the City of London. The day started with a World War 1 commemoration lunch on board HMS Wellington, before making the short trip to Downing Street. Whilst being guided through the many rooms of number 10, Prem was inspired to coordinating a similar tour for people from the community in the future.
August – GMC was happy to make a donation to the Clitterhouse Farm Project and their efforts to save and restore farm buildings. The group recently held a successful spring festival. clitterhouse4
Cook_1 July – Prem Goyal, CEO of GMC, was very pleased to support a charity fundraiser hosted by England cricket star Alastair Cook. The event, held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, generated much needed cash for charities including: Chance to Shine, an organisation that brings free cricket lessons to schools; David Randall Foundation, a charity that supports people with life limiting conditions; Mind, the mental health charity; and PCA Benevolent Fund, a charity dedicated to the health and well being of cricket players going through hard times.
August – Prem Goyal was joined by 33 young people for a tour and lunch in the City of London at an event organised by Project BISCEY. Each person aspired to go into the finance/banking industry. During the tour, Prem showed them the city with a walk around some of his company’s banking clients and one of Prem’s favourite hotspots in London – Spitafield Market and Brick Lane. After lunch, Prem took questions in a formal and informal Q&A for 2 hours. He stressed the importance of investing their time in themselves, taking care of their health and acquiring top education and credentials to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. biscey lunch in the city
prem goyal markaz southwark message July – GMC’s Prem Goyal wishes Markaz students well on their graduation
June – GMC launches Southwark Hero Awards to recognise and celebrate Southwark’s community champions. Nominations are being welcomed for the two Unsung Hero Awards and the Lifetime Achievement award. gmc unsung hero awards
Swk_HT_1 June – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, hosted a dinner for Southwark Headteachers on Thursday 12th June. As the organisation’s Patron, Prem was sponsoring the celebration which brought together around 100 people including headteachers and business leaders. During the after dinner speeches Prem thanked everyone for their contributions to Southwark and making the borough the greatest in London. He happily agreed to sponsor the event again next year.
June – Prem Goyal was invited to give an inspirational talk at St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary school in Peckham. Prem shared stories about his upbringing in India and business background. He encouraged the pupils to acquire a good combination of education, global experiences and savings. In particular, he urged them to limit their time spent watching TV and playing video games to an hour a day. prem st mary magdalene school
prem goyal hen foundation awards2 June – As a patron of the Hawau Eniola Foundation (HEN Foundation), Prem Goyal was invited to attend the HEN Foundation’s Humanitarian Awards. The awards were attended by business leaders, community champions and distinguished guests including 5 members of the Lagos State House Assembly. Prem was honoured to present an award to Mr Jude Idada, a writer and filmmaker.
May – GMC is offering to provide business training and opportunities to young people living on the Crawford estate in Camberwell Green. Prem Goyal attened the Crawford TRA’s annual general meeting to speak to residents about the proposal. He added that GMC would also like to sponsor events for pensioners such as coffee mornings and bingo.
prem goyal harris academy peckham May – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, attended Harris Academy Peckham to give students a talk about his career and how to become a successful entrepreneur.
strong>May –  GMC sponsored a football competition in Southwark organised to celebrate Sierra Leone Independence Day. GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal presented the winners trophy and encouraged all the footballers to get involved in their communities. southwark football competition2
prem goyal althea smith pan african expo May –  At the Pan African Expo, GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal spoke in front of a group of 250 entrepreneurs, government officials, business leaders and community champions. In his speech, Prem focused on the four things investors are looking for when they make investment decisions. He said that if you don’t have your own savings, entrepreneurs must have: credentials; a track record of delivery; a comprehensive business plan; and a promise of a solid expected rate of return.
April – GMC supported a fundraiser to raise money to build a school in Sierra Leone. The fundraiser was attended by 200 people in colourful dresses who were selling delicious Sierra Leonean food and other handmade items. There was also a lot of dancing and singing!
April – As a Patron of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Sociery, GMC’s Prem Goyal was invited to open the choir’s Spring concert and performance of Verdi’s Requiem. In his speech, Prem paid tribute to the choir’s talent and to the exemplary leadership of its musical director, Sue Heath-Downey. rbcs verdi concert1
April – GMC joined 25 people from Poland, England, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cameron, Sierra Leone, India and France to take part in a 10k London walk to raise money for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines last year. Thank you to Agata Markiewicz for organising the walk.
aaron d'souza london marathon April – Aaron D’Souza ran the London Marathon for local charity Time and Talents. He clocked a time of just over 5hrs 30mins. Aaron said it was an incredible and unforgettable experience, especially the last 3 miles and would definitely recommend doing it even if, like him, you don’t run much.
March – Prem Goyal, CEO of GMC, was invited to judge the final of The Next Big Thing held at Canary Wharf. Next Big Thing (NBT) is an enterprise development competition for 16-18 year olds who work in teams along with their mentors to develop a business idea which they then pitch for investment.
March – On the eve of International Women’s Day, GMC’s Prem Goyal was invited to be the keynote speaker at the International Powerhouse Women’s Conference. He shared the three secret ingredients of starting and sustaining a global business: top business skills and education; substantial savings; and a global profile. prem goyal WWII unsung heroes2
March – GMC’s Prem Goyal attended a film screening of a new film “Divided by Race – united in war and peace” exploring the relationship between Caribeean and English WWII servicemen and women during the war. It was an excellent film paying tributes to minorities who fought for England and demonstrated their talent, bravery and heroism.
southwark safe 'n' sound peckham February – Prem Goyal joined young people in Southwark at the Safe ‘n’ Sound Youth Employment event at Peckhamplex cinema. He was invited to advise young people one-to-one at the beginning of the day. Over 90 minutes, Prem spoke to several people, many of whom had ambitions to start their own business.
February – GMC celebrated diversity on Sunday 16th Febraury. Three hundred people including councillors, community champions and families enjoyed excellent performances from singer Doug Sure, the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society and Carragher Academy Irish Dancing School. While tucking into the international food afterwards, many guests said they truly enjoyed the celebration and want more events which promote talent in Southwark and bring the community together.
transform ours1 February – Prem Goyal joined a panel of distinguished professionals in the media to inspire around 100 young people who attended the first Transform Ours youth talk. Transform Ours is an organisation whose main focus is to empower young people through the media.
January – GMC’s Prem Goyal was invited as an Ambassador of UpRising to their official launch as an independent charity. The event was held at Speakers’ House at the Houses of Parliament. Prem said he is very proud that this organisation is growing fast and helping our young people with social mobility and helping them reach to the top. uprising launch2
southwark chamber business lunch1 January – GMC’s CEO met with other business leaders and politicians to discuss what can be done to help our young people find a jobs or apprenticeships when around 1 million young people are currently unemployed.