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2017 GMC Community Activities
July – GMC CEO Prem Goyal attended the state banquet for His Majesty The King of Spain, Felipe VI (pictured with Prem) and Queen Letizia at the Guildhall. Prem was invited due to his role as a City Councilman and took Ayesha Azad, a local community champion, as his guest. Te banquet was also attended by over 600 people including politicians, business leaders and diplomats from the UK and Spain. Prem found the event to be an extremely useful way to strength the UK-Spain bilateral relationship and emphasis that the UK can become a global trade hub post-Brexit.
July – GMC sponsored Three Faiths Forum’s (3FF) annual volunteer celebration event in the City of London. GMC CEO and 3FF Champion Prem Goyal attended the event, speaking to over 70 volunteers and 3FF staff about the importance of volunteering and presenting joint GMC & 3FF Volunteer Awards 2017 to the highest-achieving volunteers. Recapping the event, Prem said: “I was impressed and encouraged by the dedication and achievements of all of 3FF’s volunteers.”
July – GMC sponsored a special Eid celebration event for the people of Portsoken Ward in the City of London. 70 local business leaders, community leaders and members of the Portsoken community celebrated Eid together, which was held at the City of Paris restaurant. At the event, Ayesha Azad, a respected community leader in Portsoken, was awarded the GMC Life Achievement Award 2017 by GMC CEO Prem Goyal for her outstanding contributions to Portsoken Ward and the City of London.
July – GMC CEO Prem Goyal spent time with members of the Portsoken Ward community during a 3 Score Club trip to Boulogne in France. The whole party of people enjoyed touring the historic city and bonding over food and shopping. Prem said: “It was fantastic to meet more lovely people from the Portsoken Ward. It was truly an unforgettable day.”
June – GMC CEO & City Councilman Prem Goyal attended the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England’s annual speech to bankers and merchants at Mansion House. Addressing the audience, Philip Hammond emphasised that job creation would be a priority for the new government and outlined the government’s plans to achieve economic growth. After the event, Prem said: “The City of London Corporation and I are going to support the government’s Brexit efforts and deliver the best deal for our businesses, workers and residents in the city.”
June – GMC CEO Prem Goyal visited Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School in the City of London. In addition to meeting pupils and teachers, Prem also presented a GMC Community Champion Award to Nikki Matthew, a parent who contributed invaluable help to the school’s sports clubs and projects. After the presentation, Prem said: “It was a pleasure to present Nicki with her award. She is very deserving of the accolade for the incalculable time and effort she has invested in Sir John Cass Foundation Primary.”
May – GMC recognised the achievements of Rina Begum, a community champion from Portsoken Ward in the City of London. At a special dinner with her peers from the ward, Rina was presented with a GMC Community Champion Award 2016 by GMC CEO Prem Goyal, for her frequent volunteering in the ward and for being an inspiration to young people. Afterwards, she was invited to tea at Guildhall to celebrate.
May – GMC invited 40 staff members, Trustees, Patrons and volunteers from the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey to a special celebratory event in the City of London. Following a delicious dinner, Prem recognised the outstanding achievements of two of the centre’s volunteers, Jessica Grace and Vikki Razzell, with GMC Community Champion Awards 2016. Following the dinner, Prem said: “It was a pleasure for GMC to host the amazing people from the Salmon Youth Centre. All of them go above and beyond to support young people from all backgrounds in London.”
April – GMC CEO Prem Goyal made a visit to Ashdown Primary School in Sussex – his first visit as Patron. During morning assembly, Prem recognised 20 pupils on their outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievement by presenting each of them with a certificate of accomplishment. Recapping an enjoyable day, Prem said: “I was overwhelmed by the achievements and enterprise of Ashdown Primary School’s pupils. The school clearly has a fantastic set-up and a talented team of staff who clearly foster and nurture the talents of their pupils.”
April – Portsoken Common Councilman Henry Jones was awarded the GMC Life Achievement Award 2017 at the Portsoken Ward Civic Dinner and Reception at Watermen’s Hall. GMC CEO Prem Goyal presented Henry the award in front of prestigious company, Including Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley and Alderman of Portsoken Ward Sir Michael Bear. Prem said: “Henry is one of the most worthiest recipients of this award. It is truly admirable how he continues to make a positive difference in his community everyday despite having a heart attack last year.”
March – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited to give a keynote speech at the annual Treloar Talks at Glazier’s Hall. Over 100 business leaders and distinguished guests attended the event to raise money for Treloar, a charity providing educational, care and medical support to young people with physical disabilities. In his speech, Prem talked about his passionate support for charities, ensuring that his “giving back account” is bigger than his bank account.
March – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was elected as a Common Councilman in Bishopsgate Ward of the City of London. Prem was elected as part of the Better Bishopsgate slate, on a platform of making the City of London Corporation more transparent and listening to both businesses and residents. Upon being elected, Prem said: “Now that I have been elected, I pledge to work with all 100 of my councilman colleagues to deliver sustainable solutions on the problems we face in the City. Together we can continue to ensure that the City continues to be the best place to live, work and do business in.”
March – GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Aaron D’Souza were invited to observe the unveiling of Orbis’s new flying eye hospital at Stansted Airport. The eye hospital contains state of the art technology and is part of Orbis’ ‘Operation Sight’ campaign to train over 100,000 eye care professionals worldwide and improve eye-care practices at 30 hospitals in countries in Asia and Africa. Prem said: “I was blown away by the state of the art technology in the flying eye hospital and the progress of Orbis in battling vision ailments worldwide in equal measure.”
February – Bermondsey’s Carragher Academy won an incredible 17 championships at the Irish Dancing London Open, which they hosted on 25 February at Bacon’s College. Carragher Academy won all trophies in solo dance categories, with the academy’s talented dancers achieving many more podium finishes across all categories. Prem Goyal, GMC CEO and Patron of Carragher Academy, said: “I am pleased to hear about the success of the London Open. The dancer’s continued success makes me incredibly proud to be Patron,”
February – Longtime Portsoken community champion Ivan Kingsley was presented with the GMC Life Achievement Award by GMC CEO Prem Goyal. Ivan and his late wife Irene were indispensable in reviving the fortunes of the ward club and were also heavily involved with the Middlesex Street Estate Residents Association, working tirelessly to plan Summer and Christmas parties and charitably buy and wrap Christmas presents for children in the ward. Nick Cressey, Master of Portsoken Ward Club, warmly congratulated Ivan on his achievement and thanked Prem for this deserved award for Ivan.
January – GMC’s Business Manager James King became a Freeman of the City of London at a ceremony at Guildhall. Upon receiving the freemanship, James said: “It is such an incredible honour to follow in the footsteps of some of this country’s most eminent leaders across all walks of life by becoming a Freeman. It is a proud moment for me and I promise to abide by the rich traditions of the City and uphold them wherever possible.”
January – GMC sponsored a table for 10 at the Worshipful Company of Plumbers Charity Luncheon at Skinners’ Hall. GMC CEO Prem Goyal, who is a Liveryman of the Plumbers’ Company, attended the event alongside his nine distinguished guests, including Former Mayor of Southwark Althea Smith and Robert Woodthorpe-Browne MBE, Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. The charity luncheon was graced by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who was awarded the title of Honorary Liveryman at the event.
January – GMC CEO Prem Goyal supported and attended the Boxing4Life staff and trustee social in East London. At the event, Prem congratulated many of the charity’s dedicated volunteers on the service they provide to 8-18 years olds in the community. Boxing4Life teaches young people non-contact boxing to develop their social and emotional skills. Thanks to Aamir Akram, Managing Director of Deutsche Bank, for facilitating the event and helping raise about £700 for Boxing4Life.
2016 GMC Community Activities
December – GMC recognised two worthy community champions at the St Lucia National Day celebration event at Newham Town Hall. P.C. Darren Farr was presented with a GMC Community Champion Award for his 15 years of service to the Metropolitan Police. A GMC Community Champion Award was also presented to Trini Evans for her many years of work at Green Light Youth Club in East London. GMC CEO Prem Goyal was also delighted to present Justin Moore MBE JP the Freedom of the City of London.
December – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited to sit at the President’s table at the Television for the Environment (TVE) Global Film Sustainability Awards. Prem cited ‘Eye Mitra: Friends of the Eyes’ by Essilor International as his favorite film, which won the Transforming Society Award. The Global Film Sustainability Awards celebrate companies that make their films showcasing their innovations which have a positive transformative impact on society and the environment.
November – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited as a VIP guest to the Coventry University winter graduation ceremony at Guildhall. Overall, Prem witnessed over 1,000 students receive their degree diploma in front of their families and lecturers. Prem is scheduled to meet with the Coventry University Executive Management team to discuss how GMC can form a lasting partnership with the university.
November – GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Aaron D’Souza attended the grand reopening of Brunel Museum’s Grand Entrance Hall in Southwark. The reopening was graced by HRH Price Edward as well as 100 other community leaders from the Borough.
October – GMC CEO Prem Goyal attended the Treloar Trust Gala at Mansion House alongside The Lord Mayor and 200 other esteemed guests. The event was graced by the Countess of Wessex, the charity’s Patron, and raised a remarkable £51,000. The Treloar Trust provides educational and therapy support to young people with physical disabilities to help them lead an independent life. Prem will be visting the Treloar’s School next year.
October – GMC CEO Prem Goyal attended the 13th annual Basic Business Initiative (BBI) Enterprise Minds Awards at the Hilton London Tower Bridge. The Enterprise Minds Awards are staged every year to recognise non-for-profit ventures by businesses and individuals that make a positive social impact in their community. As Patron of BBI, Prem said: “So many deserving and inspiring young people were recognised this evening. Their success here will hopefully encourage other young people to aim higher.”
September – GMC CEO Prem Goyal participated in a highly successful City Giving Day, with the goal of raising thousands of pounds for JDRF and the Sea Cadets. Prem was specially invited to the Lord Mayor’s opening of the London Stock Exchange. He then joined former Lord Mayor Dame Fiona Woolf at the traditional Charles Heidseick Long Lunch. Reflecting on the day, Prem said: “I’m thrilled that over 200 companies participated to raise funds and awareness for this hugely important day in the City’s calendar.”
September – GMC sponsored the Third Sector Awards for the second year in a row, recognising the most outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals in the charity sector. GMC CEO Prem Goyal presented the Rising Chief Executive Award to Vision for Nation Foundation’s Tom Rosewall, the Fundraising Team of the Year Award to Arthritis Care and the Small Charity, Big Achiever Award to Growing Support.
September – GMC sponsored a special celebratory meal for the organisers of the 2016 Southwark Eid Festival in Burgess Park. Attending the event, GMC CEO Prem Goyal praised Musharraf Chaudhury, Festival Manager, and his team for orchestrating the event which attracted over 10,000 attendees from all over London.
August – GMC sponsored a special Springs of Hope UK funday in Walworth, which saw over 100 people from the local community attend. Distinguished individuals that attended the event included Althea Smith (former Mayor of Southwark), Tony Stevens (Founder of the Daneford Trust) and Sir Simon Hughes (former MP Bermondsey & Old Southwark). The event was held to raise vital funds so that the charity can complete their school extension project in Jamaica.
August – GMC sponsored a thank you dinner for volunteers, trustees and staff of Pecan’s Foodbank in Peckham. GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Aaron D’Souza attended the dinner to congratulate everyone associated with Pecan on the incredible service they provide to Southwark. In a speech, Aaron said: “We are proud of your efforts and the difference you make to the lives of struggling Londoners. We would like to make this an annual event.”
August – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited as a keynote speaker to Kiwanis UK’s 7th Annual Convention & Gala Dinner at the Union Jack Club. Speaking to 70 community champions and friends of Kiwanis from across Europe, Prem explained the virtues of volunteering and the importance of giving back to your community after achieving your dreams.
July – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited to participate in the 2016 Third Sector Awards Judging Day alongside distinguished figures from the charity sector. The other judge’s were impressed with Prem’s analytical insights whilst judging the shortlisted charities in the Charity Partnership Award category and the Enterprise Award category. In 2015, GMC signed a three-year deal to sponsor the Third Sector Awards until 2017.
July – GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Aaron D’Souza were invited as guest speakers to Breaking Bread with the Professionals at Spotlight in East London. The event was attended by over 150 young people, eager to learn tips and advice on how to excel in the world of business. In his keynote speech, Prem stressed the importance of setting ambitious goals and making sacrifices to achieve them.
July – GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Aaron D’Souza attended the launch of Orbis UK’s new ‘Third Generation’ MD-10 flying eye hospital at the Royal Airforce Club. The new plane was converted into a world class training facility and will make initial sight-saving trips to China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cameroon. Prem and Aaron both learned more about the charity’s ambitious vision and explored ways for GMC to help support their mission.
July – GMC CEO Prem Goyal attended Spartak 78 Youth Club’s annual end of season awards presentation in Essex. As Patron of the youth club, Prem presented awards to the club’s standout football players for the 2015/16 season, as well as special recognition awards for the selfless volunteers who committed so much time to the club during the season. Prem also presented Keith Mullins, Secretary of Spartak 78 Youth Club, with a 2016 GMC Community Champion Award for his 10 years of service to the club.
June – GMC Business Manager Aaron D’Souza attended the graduation ceremony of 45 global leaders on the Three Faiths Forum’s (3FF) Parliamentor programme. Aaron was incredibly proud that his own mentee, Mounir Haddad, won the prize for best project with Camden Cares, a initiative created to help refugees and their families settle in to the Borough of Camden. GMC CEO Prem Goyal, who was recently made a Champion of 3FF, was also invited to the event and is seeking further ways to support the charity.
June – GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Catherine Ching attended the 2016 Charity Awards ceremony at the Mermaid Theatre. On top of GMC sponsoring the awards, Prem was also invited to be a part of the judging panel, alongside distinguished CEOs and executives from the charity sector. The Overall Winner Award was presented to the Trussell Trust, who manage a foodbank network across the UK.
June – Prem Goyal and his GMC team attended the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Reception at Guildhall. During his speech, the Lord Mayor announced that the 2016 lunch had raised around £217,000 for ABF The Soldier’s Charity. The Lord Mayor also gave a huge thank you to the event’s sponsors, including GMC.
June – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited to a garden party at Lambeth Palace to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Prem was invited to the event by Eddie Wilcox, who has for many years contributed so much time and effort to the charity. The event raised a stunning total of £3000 for the charity’s activities.
May – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited to give a keynote speech to over 200 aspiring entrepreneurs at StartUp Brixton. Delivering the speech entitled ‘Three Secrets to Business Success’, Prem drew upon his own experience to advise his audience to make substantial savings, acquire top business skills and create a global profile in order to successfully grow their business. Prem received a warm reception from the audience and personally spoke and gave advice to some of the aspiring young entrepreneurs afterwards.
May – GMC CEO Prem Goyal attended the Mayor’s of Southwark’s Charity Ball 2016 to raise money for her two charities: the British Red Cross and Guy’s Hospital’s new cancer treatment centre. Prem extended invitations to Althea Smith, former Mayor of Southwark, and Eddie Wilcox, a longstanding supproter of Ronald McDonald House charity. Reflecting on the event, Prem said: “I’m ecstatic that so much money was raised for the Mayor’s two charities tonight.”
April – GMC CEO Prem Goyal helped in raising over £2000 for the Southwark Mayor’s Common Good Trust at the St George’s Day Luncheon at the Den. The Common Good Trust is a charity dedicated to proving support to impoverished and vulnerable people in the Borough of Southwark and help thousands of people every year. Thank you to Althea Smith and the Trustee team for organising this event.
April – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was officially admitted as a Liveryman to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers at a ceremony held at Carpenters’ Hall. In his speech to the Master, Wardens and the members of the Court of Assistants, Prem said: “I’m delighted to be here. I am very much looking forward to serving the Worshipful Company of Plumbers together.”
April – GMC sponsored two runners in the 2016 London Marathon, Apinya Medina, who was running for the NSPCC, and Leila Hobday, who was running for Time & Talent. Leila raised a total of £2000 and Apinya met her fundraising target of £1500. GMC would like to congratulate both runners for their efforts.
April – GMC sponsored the Sheila McKechine Foundation(SMK) Campaigner Awards at the House of Lords. GMC CEO Prem Goyal attended the event to present the SMK People’s Choice Award to Sam Jefferies, a disability campaigner at the forefront of the Hear My Voice Campaign. Speaking at the awards, Prem said: “I am very proud to present this award to Sam Jefferies for his important work in representing people with learning difficulties. He has advocated on their behalf against policy changes and benefits cuts.”
April – GMC proudly sponsored the ninth annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall, to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. GMC staff and their guest enjoyed some fabulous curry and were also afforded the opportunity to thank British Military Personnel for their sacrifices for their country. GMC CEO Prem Goyal is exploring ways with the charity’s Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Brigadier Robin Bacon on how he can support the charity again in the future.
April – GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Aaron D’Souza were invited to the Shakespeare 400 service at Southwark Cathedral to commomorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.The service blended liturgy and theatre, with a sermon being read by the Bishop of London and actors from the Globe’s winter season performing scenes from the Bard’s work. Thanks to the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt. Reverend Christopher Chessun for inviting us.
March – GMC CEO Prem Goyal and Business Manager Aaron D’Souza were invited to a reception hosted by the Motor Neurone Disease Association with HRH Princess Royal and 50 other supproters and volunteers. At the event, Prem spoke to MND Association Trustees and Executive Team members to explore ways in which GMC could support the charity and raise awareness for them.
March – GMC sponsored the launch of the Côte d’Ivoire Chamber in Great Britain (CICCGB) at the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel. The CICCGB was set up to encourage more business links between firms in the Uk and the Côte d’Ivoire. GMC CEO Prem Goyal, who was invited to speak at the launch, encouraged the CICCGB to build build their credentials, develop sustainable revenue streams and forge a global reach in order to create an effective business network between the two countries.
March – GMC recognised the heroes behind the Camden Cares project, an initiative which helps refugees from a range of countries settle in the UK. The Young Leader Awards were given at a special presentation at Arsenal Football Club by GMC’s Prem Goyal and Aaron D’Souza. The awards were presented to Mounir Haddad, Nazgol Kafai-Golahmady, Raphael Gregorian, Ramie Farag and Emmanuel Etuh.
March – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was invited to give a keynote speech at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Cocktail Party, in support of ABF The Soldier’s Charity. The theme of the evening was ‘celebrating the success of women’, and Prem galvanised those in attendance to keep on investing in their communities and encourage their peers to do the same.
February – GMC employees joined the Chinese Ambassador to the UK to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Monkey at a concert at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Maestro Long Yu and the Philharmonia Orchestra showcased their talents, performing classics such as Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture and a traditional Peking Opera.
February – GMC Business Manager Catherine Ching and community champion Apinya Medina walked the London Marathon route to raise money for the Time & Talents Charity. With their combined effort, they raised £100 for the charity. lex Evans, Director of Time & Talents, said: “This is great news. I thank both Catherine and Apinya for their efforts.”
January – GMC CEO Prem Goyal was selected to be one of the 11 independent judges of the 2016 Charity Awards. On being selected, Prem said: “it is a honoured to be a member of this panel and will make sure The Charity Awards winners really deserve the accolade.”
January – GMC Business Manager Catherine Ching participated in the 2016 Hong Kong Marathon, passing the finish line after an impressive 6 hours and 15 minutes. This was the second marathon that Catherine Ching has run in her lifetime, having competed in a team of six people in the London Marathon in 2010.
2015 GMC Community Activities
December – GMC honoured two longstanding civic champions at the St. Lucia National Day Celebrations at Newham Town Hall. Justin Moore MBE JP, who served 25 years as a Magistrate in East London, was presented by a GMC Life Achievement Award. A Community Champion Award was also presented to P.C. Tracy Gunn, who has served 15 years as a Newham Borough Council Liaison Officer.
December – For the third consecutive year, GMC sponsored the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Surrey Sports Awards. This year, the award was deservedly won by Alex Bliss of Ash Tennis Club in Guildford. In his speech, GMC CEO Prem Goyal said: “We are immensely proud to sponsor this great award and we pledge to sponsor it again next year.”
November – GMC were proud sponsors of the 19th Anniversary of the African Voice’s African Film Awards at the Old Town Hall in Stratford. During the ceremony, Prem Goyal, CEO of Global Markets Consultants, presented the Best Actress 2015 Award (Nollywood UK) to Hilda Tola Nevoh-Williams.
November – GMC threw its support behind ‘Anti-Bullying Week’, an campaign by Diversity Role Models to tackle homophobia towards young people in schools and colleges. GMC employees supported the initiative by eating homemade lunches throughout the week and donated the money they would’ve spent on lunch to the charity.
November – GMC sponsored the 2015 Mulan Awards at the Corinthia Hotel, which celebrate the laudable achievements of Chinese women in the UK throughout the year. GMC CEO Prem Goyal presented two awards at the ceremony, the Young Achiever of the Year Award and the Contribution to Public Service and Community Award.
October – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal was invited to give an account of his journey to business success at Lord Mayor Dame Fiona Woolf’s Annual Reflections event. During his speech, Prem urged business leaders in attendance to work together to achieve more diversity, equality and inclusion at the top in London. Prem also pledged £1 million to promoting better inclusivity and diversity at the top of the City of London.
October – GMC recognised the life and talents of Former Mayor of Lambeth Adedamola Aminu by presenting him with the GMC Life Acheivment Award. The Award was presented to Adedamola in honour of his servitude to the people of Lambeth as Mayor and his overall contribution to people in London, at a special Southwark Eid Celebration.
October – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal was shortlisted for ‘Campaigner of the Year’ at the European Diversity Awards for providing leadership opportunities in London. Southwark’s Ajaratu Bangura was also shortlisted for Unilever’s ‘Hero of the Year’ category for her hard work in operating the Muslim Woman Food Bank. Both attened the awards ceremony at the National History Museum in London.
September – GMC agreed to sponsor the Peckham Rye Veterans football team for the 2015/2016 season. GMC had entered a deal to sponsor the team’s kit and agreed to provide the post-match food for all the team’s home matches in the footballing season.
September – GMC proudly recognized some of the champions of the voluntary and charity sector at the 2015 Third Sector Awards. GMC entered an exciting 3-year partnership with Third Sector earlier in the year and presented three awards at the ceremony. GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal presented the award for Fundraising Team of the Year to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and presented the Small Charity Big Achiever Award to Diversity Role Models. Finally, Prem presented Dallas Pounds of Royal Trinity Hospice with the Rising Chief Executive Award.
August – GMC sponsored seven runners to participate in the 100k London-to-Cambridge Challenge to raise funds for Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Natasha D’Souza, Maria Capaldo, Amadu Kanumansa, Tajwar Rahman and Bernice Wong join GMC Director Catherine Ching and GMC CEO Prem Goyal for the grueling 100k walk. Overall, Team Southwark raised close to £4,000 for the appeal.
August – GMC sponsored the Abike Ade Foundation’s picnic in Potters Field Park near London City Hall. Over 30 people from across South London attended the picnic. During the picnic, CEO of GMC Prem Goyal told the gathered attendees that more events like this must be organised to bolster cohesion in local communities.
July – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal, along with Musharraf Chaudhary, Chair of the Southwark Muslim Forum, organised a successful Southwark Eid Festival in Burgess Park, which over 1,000 people attended. Over 100 people volunteered to make the event possible and it was the biggest Eid event the in Southwark’s history.
July – GMC supported some of the UK’s finest musical talent at a fundraising concert. GMC gave 10 community champions the opportunity to attend the concert which helped raise funds for Mei Yi- Foo’s recording project ‘Connotations’. Mei Yi Foo was the BBC Music Magazine’s 2013 Best Newcomer of the Year.
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!
June – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal joined Southwark’s Headteachers and other education leaders at their annual end of year dinner to celebrate their success. Prem presented the Enterprise Award to Bessemer Grange Primary School, which included a cheque for £300! Prem is Patron of Southwark Headteacher’s Executive.
June – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal was invited to share an inspirational speech with pupils at St Mary Magdalene Primary School in Peckham. Prem’s key message was ‘choose textbooks, not Facebook!’. He also stressed following the guidance of parents and teachers, getting homework done on time and learning life skills from parents and siblings.
May – GMC recognised Victoria Harley and Hulusi Yuruten, two community champions, with GMC Awards. Victoria received the GMC Community Champion Award and a £100 cheque for her work as CEO of Abike Ade Foundation. Hulisi received the GMC Life Achievement Award a cheque for £250. Hulisi is the Founder and Chairman of the Southwark Cyprus Turkish Association.
April – GMC sponsored former Mayor of Southwark Abdul Mohamed who was running his third consecutive London Marathon. GMC sponosred £100 which went towards Abdul’s chosen charity the Robes Project.
April – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal participated in a National Youth Debate, providing solutions for young people. The audience of passionate and knowledgeable young people asked questions on issues such as the NHS, the economy, education, the economy and more. They cheered Prem’s ideas on job creation and when he said he he would personally help with CV and job advice.
March – GMC held its 13th annual award ceremony. Three GMC awards were presented to Winsome Okeke, Eddie Wilcox and Juliet Atako for their longtime contribution and selfless dedication to their community. Wisome received the GMC Lifetime Achievement Award and a cheque for £250, Eddie received the GMC Unsung Hero Award and a cheque for £100, and Juliet Atako got the GMC Unsung Hero Award and a cheque for £100.
March – GMC Business Analyst, Aaron D’Souza, received the 2015 GMC Business Analyst of the Year Award as part of GMC’s annual award ceremony. Aaron was delighted to receive the award and is looking forward to continuing his professional development and progress at GMC.
February – GMC continued to support the fight against the Ebola Crisis in West Africa by donating £250 to the Sierra Leone Muslim Women Cultural Organisation. The money will help buy vital items including food, clothes and sanitary items. This takes GMC’s total contribution to help combat the Ebola Crisis to £500 so far.
February – GMC has been supporting a food bank project at the South London Islamic Centre. Amadu Kanumansa and his wife Ajaratu Bangura have been delivering and helping distribute food at the food bank for the past 3 years. GMC are committed to ensuring our most vulnerable in society are protected.
January – GMC supported community champion Juliet Atako and her efforts to raise funds to help those affected by the Ebola Crisis. GMC made an initial donation of £250 to support her work with the Rotary Club’s Surgical Glove Campaign
January – GMC’s Aaron D’Souza is hosting a weekly breakfast show on Colourful Radio. His show, Colourful Breakfast focuses on local issues such as inequality, transport and education and seeks to tackle the pressing issues of the day as well as showcasing the work of community groups. He also presents a sports show Colourful Kickoff.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
September – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 GMC Community Activities
December – GMC staff volunteered to help at a Christmas party for 300 elderly and disabled people from the community at Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe. With delicious food, melodious music and even some free style dancing, everyone was in a festive mood and the hall was buzzing with enthusiasm.
December – GMC sponsored the Surrey Sports Volunteer of the Year award at the 2013 Surrey Sports Awards. See the video here:
December – GMC sponsored an equality night in the community for more than 300 people. The event, which celebrated London’s cultural diversity, began with a minutes silence in remembrance of Nelson Mandela and Paul Kaliso Sesay, a local community champion, who both passed away in the past few weeks.
December – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, was delighted to join 600 guests at the Angels for Africa Fundraising Event sponsored by the Association of Spouses of African High Commissioners and Ambassadors (ASAHCA). Guests included High Commissioners, Ambassadors, MPs, Lords, business leaders and community champions. The fundraiser was in aid of the work ASACHA do to support women and children in need in Africa. The Angels for Africa campaign is a series of projects designed to upgrade and equip clinics and health facilities in the rural villages of 34 African countries.
December – Throughout 2013 GMC sponsored 8 equality events in the local community to recognise community champions. The message was one of encouragement – for people to aim higher, challenge for top positions and not rest until reaching the sky.
November – a team from GMC joined 100 volunteers and supporters taking part in the annual Robes Sleepout Project at Southwark Cathedral to raise awareness and money for the homeless. The Robes Project helps homeless people of all faiths all year round to rebuild their lives. Participants sleep rough outside in the Cathedral’s churchyard for one evening to experience the conditions 80,000 homeless people have go through in the UK.
November – GMC sponsored a community basketball tournament in Peckham at the Damilola Taylor Centre. Around 250 people turned up including 100 basketball players. Twelve teams from all over London vied to be crowed the inaugural winners. Our CEO, Prem Goyal, presented the winners trophies. Prem said, ‘I’m proud to empower our young leaders, like Faramolu (the competition organiser), to help our young people to raise their game and realise their dreams.”
November – Prem Goyal was invited as the keynote speaker at Southwark Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and London Southbank University’s (LSBU) Employment Forum to speak about ‘starting your business life.’ He was joined by Barry Martin, Chair of SCCI, Mayor of Southwark Councillor Abdul Mohamed, LSBU students and representatives from Southwark businesses.
November – GMC sponsored an evening of recognition for the volunteers who worked on the Southwark Eid festival earlier in the year. GMC’s Prem Goyal spoke to thank the 100 people in attendance. Next year the festival hopes to attract 10,000 visitors.
November – GMC sponsored an awards night to celebrate the return of members of the community from their Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Around 300 people came to enjoy the celebration.
October – GMC’s Prem Goyal was presented with the ‘Special Recognition Award’ for supporting communities in London at the 2013 Life Changers Awards held in Bexleyheath. Over 200 guests joined the action, including Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Councillors, entrepreneurs and community champions.
October – GMC sponsored a Black History event in London for more than 100 people including Councillors, community champions, entrepreneurs and families. In his speech Prem Goyal stresses the importance of celebrating black history not just in October, but all year round. Additionally GMC recognised four people for the outstanding work they do for the community.
October – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, was a panelist at a ‘Workshop on Youth Employment’ in Peckham. In addition to answering questions during the Q & A session, Prem also ran a workshop on entrepreneurship.
October – Prem Goyal, GMC’s CEO, was invited as a Patron of the Basic Business Initiative to the 10th BB Awards 2013. The evening celebrated diversity and achievement among our communities, individuals, businesses and social enterprises in London, the UK and beyond. Prem presented the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to RAFFA – Renewal, Advancement, Financial Freedom and Autonomy – an international development agency.
October – GMC sponsored an event in the community to celebrate diversity and equality on 18th October. Certificates were presented to recognise the unsung work of our community champions.
October – GMC’s Prem Goyal gave an after dinner speech at the Southwark Headteachers Executive conference on 10th October. The theme of Prem’s speech was education, and how it has shaped his life. he explained how education helped him opened doors, overcome obstacles and be successful.
September – Project B.I.S.C.E.Y has been awarded the 2013 GMC Young Leaders Award. The award recognises the efforts and outstanding contribution young people make for those in the community. Project B.I.S.C.E.Y (which stands for Behaviour Internalisation Self-Esteem Careers Empowerment YOU), is run by 11 young people and aims at inspiring and motivating other young people to reach their highest potential.
September – GMC recognised four longstanding community champions for their contribution and efforts over the years. Abubaker Kamara, Beverley Allison, and Nicholas Okwulu were all awarded the 2013 Community Champion Award for their community work. And last, but by no means least, Sandy Cameron was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards were presented at an equality celebration event in Peckham.
September – Prem Goyal, CEO of GMC, was the keynote speaker at the Young Leaders Empowerment Summit in Camberwell. In his speech Prem shared his journey from India to the UK and revealed his three secrets that enabled him to launch Global Markets Consultants.
September – GMC sponsored a community celebration centred around the themes of equality and diversity on 7th September.
August – GMC sponsored a thank you dinner for volunteers of the Southwark People Care Association (PCA), who each year organise a Christmas Day lunch and party for around 250 isolated people living in Southwark. During the evening certificates were presented to recognise the enormous contributions of a few individuals. The certificates were presented by PCA Secretary Les Alden to Eric Quilliam, who at 87 years old plays the accordion; to Vince McDonagh, who has helped consistently over many years; and to Hazel Prescott, who has taken on the enormous task of transport organiser.
August – On August bank holiday a team from Global Markets Consultants scaled the ‘3 peaks’. Prem Goyal, Catherine Ching, James King and Aaron D’Souza reached the top of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. The team raised £300 for the Southwark News Evelina Children’s Hospital appeal, which will go towards buying baby ventilators, infant warming systems, intensive care cots and a hospital school.
August – GMC assembled a team for a ‘Leadership in Action’ project to paint and maintain a hostel in Peckham run by the homeless charity St. Mungo’s. The project was attended by 18 young people from Markaz Academy on Old Kent Road, London Southbank University and others residents living in Southwark.
August – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal was interviewed by Ernesto Gallo to talk about his career, business experience and being a ‘global citizen’. The full interview can been seen here. It is also translated into Madarin and posted on Caixin, one of China’s leading financial magazines.
July – As an Executive Committee Member of Southwark Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal sponsored around 20 young people to attend SCCI’s Summer River Cruise on the River Thames. He was joined by 10 students from London South Bank University (LSBU) as well as 10 other young leaders and budding entrepreneurs.Riaz Farooq, a recent LSBU graduate said ‘I have high hopes after speaking to Prem and other business leaders during this cruise. I realise this is just the beginning: for my business to be successful I will need to work hard and always be on the lookout for new opportunities.GMC was delighted to be a Gold Sponsor for the River Cruise and continue to help build the business skills of young leaders in Southwark.
July – As a Trustee of Time and Talents, a Rotherhithe and Bermondsey based community charity, GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal sponsored and attended a dinner for the volunteers, staff and fellow Trustees at local restaurant Tower Tandoori.One volunteer, Aleksandra Akisonova was recognised with a Certificate of Excellence from Global Markets Consultants for all her hard work and dedication over the past two years. Aleksandra was thrilled with her certificate and said ‘it’s been a really amazing expereince…you get to meet so many different peple and visit such great places – I’ve loved it’GMC was also happy to continue to support the local businesses such as Tower Tandoori on Tower Bridge Road.
July – After five years with GMC, Business Manager Mouhcine Bourous has taken the next steps in his career. Whilst working with GMC, Mouhcine proved that he is superbly qualified to take on any challenge given to him. His professional attitude and integrity gave him a definite advantage and he was a brilliant employee and valuable member of the GMC team.Mouhcine said: ‘I’ve had a great five years with GMC and I’ve loved working with Prem and the rest of the team. I’ve made some great friends and am looking forward to this new challenge.’GMC wishes Mouhcine the very best and hopes to continue working with him in various professional capacities in the coming years. Thank you Mouhcine!
to celebrate the achievements of young people in Southwark. 1,500 people attended the celebration including children, their parents, community champions, special guests from the Nigerian Embassy and leaders from the Nigerian community.Prem Goyal’s keynote speech focused on three secrets of success: acquire higher education; exchange cultures; and make yourself a celebrity rather than others. The full speech can be read here.
May – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, attended the AGM of Decima Street Tenants & Residents Association in South London to give a speech on youth unemployment. Prem’s speech focused on three main areas: Bringing different stakeholders together to form a plan, building business highways to the fastest growing economies and encouraging young people to develop themselves.
April – GMC staff participated in a ‘netwalk’ (networking while walking) with the Tayo Situ Foundation on Sunday 14th April. The event aimed to bring young people from Southwark and industry professionals together so ideas could be shared and advice given. This was all done in a 10km walk through London.
March – CEO of GMC Prem Goyal gave the keynote speech at the 4th edition of the Positive Profile Awards on 27th March at St Peter’s on Walworth Road, Southwark. The awards celebrated young people’s achievements in academic performance, overcoming adversity, partnership working, social enterprise and visual arts.Prem’s speech centred around achieving your potential, acquiring education and skills, investing time wisely and building a global profile.
March – GMC sponsored a team walking the Marsden March to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer charity. The team completed the walk in 4.5 hours, or 36,000 steps, and raised £7,500 in total.
March – Prem Goyal delivered a speech at the Southwark Mind Your Own Business awards on 20th March. The celebration, held at Southwark Council headquarters, was to present awards to 11 young people who’ve successfully secured funding to kick start their business ideas.Prem shared the recipe to his own entrepreneurial success in London: Acquiring higher education, developing yourself rather than making others celebrities and building a global profile. He concluded by saying, “ask not what others can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself”.
February – Prem Goyal gave a talk on Global Communications at London Southbank University on 20th Feb as part of the entrepreneurial lecture series Start & Evolve. Prem spoke to around 75 students and led the question and answer session afterwards. The focus of the talk was understanding your target group and building common ground to make communication with global audiences more effective. Prem stressed the importance of regularly going out of one’s comfort zone as the key to connecting quickly with people from all over the world. Click here for Prem’s speaking notes.
February – GMC is sponsoring Sarah Gibb GBP 100 to march 14 miles in a 15 strong team to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Sarah said, “Over the past few years my friend Victoria has been receiving fantastic care from the Marsden. I want this to continue and for others to benefit too”.
January – GMC CEO Prem Goyal received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday 25th January.Prem was awarded the OBE for services to the economy and promoting charitable giving in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2012.Commenting on the honour Prem said: “All my efforts since moving to the UK have been focused on creating jobs and uplifting our communities. For that to be acknowledged like this, well that’s just fantastic. I only want to keep doing more”.As one of his guests, Prem invited Sirajul Islam, a fellow Southwark resident. However, unusually for a guest at an investiture, they’d never met each other before. This was because last year Prem put out an appeal to find someone doing good work in the community who would like a chance to experience a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Sirajul is a magistrate and a school governor at Charlotte Sharman Primary School in Elephant & Castle.
January – GMC is proud to support Delta Patriots Awareness and Support Initiative, a charity promoting better understanding of sexual health among young people in Nigeria. Their national campaign will raise awareness on the use of condoms, the risks of unprotected sex and provide opportunities for confidential one-on-one relationship discussions with trained professionals. To help with the campaign, GMC contributed 550 condoms which are to be made available for free and covered the shipping costs for educational leaflets to be distributed to thousands of people.
2012 GMC Community Activities
December – GMC CEO, Prem Goyal, was invited to the Spirit of London Awards (SOLA) reception at 10 Downing Street ahead of the 4th edition of the awards on 10th December at the O2. Speaking to around 100 people, including award nominees, past winners, sponsors, community champions and artists, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, thanked the sponsors, volunteers and celebrities who were performing for free on the day.
December – Volunteers from GMC helped at the People Care Association Christmas Day party. For over 70 years the association has helped isolated elderly and disabled people in Southwark enjoy a proper Christmas in warm company. This year was no different with 275 guests tucking into a traditional Christmas dinner at Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe. Seventy-five volunteers made it all possible.
November – GMC is sponsoring Sovann Sous GBP 100 to grow a moustache for Movember. Sovann is growing his tash “to raise awareness of prostate cancer and cancer in general. To show support for my father-in-law and all the other members of my family affected by cancer”.
October – GMC sponsored and helped organise a Black History Month event in Southwark on 18th October. Participating in the immigration panel discussion, GMC CEO, Prem Goyal, said that he got around his initial difficulties of integrating in the UK by involving myself in community activities. Also, that he found the overwhelming majority of British people friendly and welcoming. The evening, attended by 75 guests, saw a fantastic African fashion show and enjoyed wonderful Indian and Caribbean food.
October – GMC’s Prem Goyal was invited as a Patron of the Basic Business Initiative to present the Young Entrepreneur Award at the 2012 BBI Awards. Prem presented the award to winner Seyi Sobodu in front of about 200 guests.
October – GMC donated GBP 110 to sponsor Tom Heyes as he ran 57 miles from London to Brighton in aide of Diabetes UK. After the challenge Tom said: “Running that far by itself wouldn’t be so bad, but what made it really tough was the combination of distance, an unmarked course, soft ground and large distances (10 miles) between water stations. The dehydration just made everything feel so much harder.”
October – Prem attended a charity fundraising dinner for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign titled, ‘An Evening with Sir Alex Ferguson’. GMC contributed GBP 12,000 to fund the charity’s world class research to improve the treatment of neuromuscular conditions and advice and support service. Muscular Dystrophy’s Rebecca Day, Director of Development, said “We’re delighted Prem was able to join us at the event at the last minute. The funds will make a huge difference to our work supporting families affected by devastating muscle-wasting conditions. We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and we’re very grateful to Prem for his generosity.”
September – GMC is proud to sponsor Walsingham Town FC. The team, based near Orpington in South East London, play in OBDSFL Division 5 and we wish them every success this season.
September – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, helped out at a Job and Apprentices Fair at West Ham football stadium on 14th September organised by Member of Parliament for Newham North East, Stephen Timms MP. Prem conducted one-on-one sessions to give advice on people’s CVs, interview technique and career direction.
September – GMC’s Prem Goyal took 8 year old Cameron O’Connor and his family to the Paralympics Athletics on 8th September. The events on the track and field were fantastic and everyone had a great day. Earlier in the year Cameron, a double amputee, walked 3 miles on crutches from his home in Bermondsey to Millwall football ground to raise money for a new wheelchair. GMC donated GBP 1,000.
August – GMC is sponsoring Barbara Douglas and Jill Hunt (supported by Steve Lancashire) GBP 100 to walk 190 miles of the Pembroke Coast Path for Tiny Lives, a charity that supports the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne.
August – GMC sponsored Luke Oliver GBP 100 to run the New York Marathon in support of Achilles International – a charity that helps people with all types of disabilities to participate in athletics.
August – Prem welcomed the Olympic Torch as it entered the Borough of Southwark from across the Millennium Bridge. He was joining the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Althea Smith, and the Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun in front of a sea of excited onlookers to greet the Torch on its route to the Olympic Park.
July – Prem delivered a speech to young people graduating from the SOAS University Community Leadership Programme 2012. He spoke about overcoming challenges and how young community leaders have a role to play in uplifting their communities. You can read the speech in full here.
June – Prem sponsored a special dinner for the trustees and staff of the Attlee Foundation to celebrate the good work Attlee are doing to help disadvantaged people in East London.
June – GMC sponsored the under 9 and under 10 competitions at the 2012 Spartak 78 football tournament near Saffron Walden. Two thousand spectators were on hand to witness 50 teams battle it out across 5 age groups.
May – GMC CEO, Prem Goyal, was invited for a lunch with Her Majesty the Queen at St Mark’s Academy in Mitcham as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He was chosen with six other community champions to be sat on the Top Table.
May – Catherine and Prem cycled 250km around Lake Constance in Switzerland to raise GBP 250 for Bede House – a community organisation in Southwark. The challenge was made more difficult by wet and windy weather for much of the ride. Catherine said, “At times we found the going very difficult, but it was definitely worth it to raise money for Bede House and support the outstanding work they are doing for our community”.
May – Prem was the keynote speaker at the Tayo Situ Foundation Awards on 11th May, giving a 20 minute address to the predominantly young audience which also included many community and political leaders. In the speech Prem shared his ‘Three Secrets of Sucess: ‘earn, learn and save’, ‘make yourself a celebrity – not others’ and ‘acquire a global profile’. You can read the full speech here.
April – GMC is sponsoring Councillor Michael Situ GBP 250 to run the London Marathon to raise money for the Tayo Situ Foundation, the charity set-up in the name of his late father. Tayo Situ was the Mayor of Southwark before he lost his battle with cancer in 2011. The foundation has since been set-up in his name to foster leadership amongst young people in Southwark.
April – GMC celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a reception at a stunning location over looking Tower Bridge. Employees and consultants past and present mingled with friends and people from other walks of life, such as young people under Prem’s mentorship from the Uprising programme. The evening wasn’t only about reflecting on 10 successful years of GMC. It was also a chance to look forward to many more prosperous years ahead!
April – GMC sponsored a panel discussion at Shoreditch Town Hall for Uprising, a leadership programme for talented young people, incorporating many diverse backgrounds, for which Prem is an ambassador. Prem was a speaker on the panel contributing his expertise. Joining Prem was The Times Associate Editor, David Wighton, and the CEOs of Royal Mail, NEC Group and Spoonfield and Bullseyehub.
Prem spoke about the need for young people to build a strong global profile, urging them to step out of their comfort zone by working, studying or volunteering abroad. And not only that, but living globally in London too, where many different cultures, cuisines and international festivals are easily accessible.
Rushanara Ali MP wrapped up the session by thanking Prem and the other speakers, and also GMC for sponsoring the event.
March – Prem participated in a panel debate for the Diaspora Volunteer Alliance (DVA) on Voluntary Sector fundraising. On the panel was Lftakhar Latif (Chair of DVA), Howard Lake (Director of Fundraising UK Ltd), Rachel Smith (Head of Programme, Global Giving), Brian Rockcliff (Director, VSO UK) and Vijay Krishnarayan (Deputy Director, Commonwealth Foundation). Prem spoke to the crowd of over 100 people and made the case for better relationships between the third sector and the corporate world as part of a strong fundraising strategy. He went on to say that corporate fundraising is alive and kicking and still the best avenue for charity fundraising. Sandra Kabir, Trustee and Treasurer for DVA said, “I cannot thank you enough for your brilliant presentation at the DVA Annual Conference. You set the tone for the rest of the day that was a great success”.
March – Prem sponsored and organised a special dinner for the staff and trustees of Time and Talents, one of the charities for which Prem is a trustee, at the famous Lahore Restaurant in Whitechapel. Prem said, “We deserved a fun evening like this to build team spirit and as a treat for all the good work we are doing to empower people and make a difference in the community”. It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion and Chair of the board, Dr Catherine Otty, thanked Prem by saying,”the staff seemed to really enjoy the evening and there was plenty of mixing between staff and employees so I think it certainly fulfilled expectations. It was very generous of you and much appreciated“.
March – Prem and James were invited to a reception at the House of Lords to recognise volunteers who helped raise money for charity at the London New Year Parade. Prem was presented with a medal by the Mayor of Southwark and Lord Kennedy for leading a team of volunteers on Southwark’s float, which GMC had sponsored. Prem said ‘Even though it was raining all day, it was worth it to raise money for such an important cause as the Mayor’s Common Good Trust, and all we had such a great time working together we barely noticed anyway!”.
February – GMC donated GBP 1,000 towards the fund to buy a new wheelchair for Cameron O’Connor, a brave 8 year old boy from Southwark, who lost his leg to meningitis.
February – On 1st March, Catherine will take part in Vertical Rush, London’s biggest ‘tower running’ event. Competitors must race up all 920 steps of Tower 42, a huge skyscraper in the City of London. Catherine is running in aide of Shelter, a homelessness charity that provides free advice on housing problems and campaigns to improve the lives of homeless and poorly housed people. GMC has sponsored Catherine GBP 100 to take part in the event.
February – GMC is sponsoring Mary Foulkes GBP 200 to run the London Marathon for Children with Cancer UK, a leading national charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer and leukaemia. Mary has committed to running an average of 20 miles a week in order to prepare her for the gruelling 26-mile race in April.
January – GMC donated GBP 500 to the Tayo Situ Foundation as Catherine successfully reached a dizzying height of 5681m after scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tayo Situ was the Mayor of Southwark before his untimely death in 2011. The foundation was set-up in his memory to foster achievement and opportunity for young people in the community. It took Catherine four and a half days to reach the summit after climbing for 7 hours every day, mostly in wet, rainy conditions. We congratulate Cat on her achievement and look forward to her next adventure!
January – Prem represented GMC at the London New Year Parade, where GMC sponsored the Southwark float for GBP 1000. Half a million people turned out to watch 8000 performers as they marched, waved and danced the 2.2 mile route from Piccadilly Circus to Big Ben.
January – Prem, Catherine, Nitin and Bernice volunteered their time over the festive period to help The People Care Association put on a special Christmas day celebration for isolated elderly people in Southwark. The event at Bacons College brought festive cheer to over 350 people who otherwise would experience a lonely Christmas. Guests were treated to door-to-door transport, traditional Christmas dinner, entertainment and bingo. GMC also donated GBP 400 towards the cost of the event.
2011 GMC Community Activities
December – Goyal and Catherine attended the Christmas Concert and Dinner at Windsor Castle on 6th December and GMC donated GBP 800 to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the London Mozart Players. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. Catherine is also a Silver Award holder. Learn more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from their website. London Mozart Players is a British chamber orchestra founded in 1949. The LMP is the longest-established chamber orchestra in the UK and it has developed an extensive and highly regarded education, community and audience development programme, and is particularly committed to developing new audiences in outer London boroughs as well as rural areas across the nation.
December – GMC has sponsored GBP 500 towards the launching of the catering department at the Tower Hamlet College. On 18th October, Students at the Catering and Hospitality department prepared, cooked and served a three-course dinner to the college’s governors, including Prem Goyal and management. The event marked the completion of the College’s brand new restaurant and refurbishment of its existing training kitchens. These new and updated facilities allow students to study and work in a professional, industry-standard environment, giving them the experience and skills they need to take into the workplace.
November – GMC has sponsored GBP 400 to the People Care Association Christmas Day Party. People Care Association is a registered charity which has been established for 40 years. The charity organises a Christmas Day Party each year for 350 isolated elderly people in Southwark.
November – GMC has sponsored GBP 100 to Abhiroop Lal for participating in the Movember Appeal by growing moustaches for 30 days in the month of November to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. Learn more about Movember from their website
November – GMC team joined the Institute of Directors Walker and participated at the Lord Mayor’s show on 12 November. GMC also sponsored 4 participants from the UpRising, which is a new leadership programme to support and train a new generation of public leaders. The leadership programme’s mission is to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders in an increasingly diverse Britain and a globalised world. Learn more about UpRising
November – GMC sponsored GBP 1,000 to the Mayor of Southwark’s Common Good Trust’s Float on the New Year’s Day Parade in London on 1st January 2012. The charity aims to provide assistance in a variety of forms to all those in need, either living or having links with the area covered by London Borough of Southwark. The money raised on the New Year’s Day Parade to go to helping the needy of the Borough of Southwark. Learn more about New Year’s Day Parade from their website.
October – GMC CEO Prem Goyal joined fellow business leaders, political leaders and entrepreneurs at the Black Business Initiative Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, Tower Bridge. Around 250 guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment, delicious food, networking and a fashion show. Prem was presented with the Diaspora Community Honorary Award alongside former Labour Minister Tony Benn. While receiving the award, Prem noted that we could make London a better place to work and live for all people by building bridges among different communities; a lot of sustainable efforts are still needed so we can benefit fully from London’s diversity. Later, Prem presented John Charles of ‘Catering to Order’ with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Learn more about BBI from their website.
September – GMC sponsored 12 awards:
Business Studies Student of the Year
Information Technology Student of the year
Science Student of the Year
Mathematics Student of the Year
Financial Skills Academy Student of the Year
Access Student of the Year
Achievement in the Workplace Award
Tower Hamlets College Corporation Award for Adult Learner of the Year
Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Progression
Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Skills for Life
Award for Excellence in contributing to College Life
Award for Excellence in Peer Mentoring
at the Tower Hamlet College Annual Student Achievement Awards ceremony, which took place on 14 Sept. 5 GMC staff attended the ceremony. Tower Hamlet College offers a vast range of courses from BTECs and A Levels to short courses for 16-19 year olds and courses ranging from Teacher Training to short employability courses for adults. The college provides excellent support and superb facilities enabling students to progress on to higher education or into employment. Learn more about Tower Hamlet College from their website.
September -Prem Goyal is attending the Macquarie Fast Bowlers Dinner this month. This Event is taking place to honour the greatest International Fast Bowlers of the 20th Century. The attendee list includes great bowlers such as Curtly Ambrose, Andre Caddick, Colin Croft and many, many more. This event is in aid of The Lord’s Taverners which is the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. To find out more, visit The Lord’s Taverners website.
August – GMC sponsored GBP 600 to the Thurrock YFC under 12B team for their football kits again this year. Prem Goyal and Mouhcine Bourous have also participated in presenting trophies and medals at the award ceremony to the youths in recognition of their efforts.To find out more, visit the Thurrock Football Club website.
August – GMC has sponsored GBP 100 to Catherine for participating in the Adidas Women’s 5k Challenge to raise money for the RedR. RedR is an international charity that improves the effectiveness of disaster relief, helping rebuild the lives of those affected. They do this by training relief workers and providing skilled professionals to humanitarian programmes worldwide. Learn more about the RedR from their website.
August – GMC has sponsored GBP 100 to Mandy Ng for participating in the 10k UNICEF Charity Run Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF is one of the 36 national committees for UNICEF, they organise fundraising and advocacy activities to provide financial support for UNICEF’s programmes across over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive. Learn more about the UNICEF HK from their website.
July – Prem Goyal attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Summer Gala on 12th July and GMC donated GBP 130 to the school’s scholarships fund. The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of Europe’s leading conservatories. Every year the school aims to provide financial help for its young musicians, actors and theatre technicians with awards from the Scholarships Fund. Awards are also made specifically in support of younger students attending Junior Guildhall. Learn more about the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from their website.
July – GMC has sponsored GBP 100 to Clayton Wong for participating in the Longest Day Golf Challenge 2011 to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support. The Longest Day Golf Challenge is the most exhilarating golf event in the UK, participants have to play 72 holes, hit 300 shots and walk 20 miles- all in one day. Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical and financial support for better cancer care. Learn more about the Macmillan Cancer Support from their website.
July – Prem Goyal has raised GBP 1000 to support the Institute of Directors Float Appeal at The Lord Mayor’s Show on 12 Nov 2011. The Lord Mayor’s Show is the world’s oldest civic procession. In the 21st century it is longer, grander and more splendid than ever. It winds through nearly 800 years of London’s history. The newly elected Mayor makes his way to the Royal Courts of Justice and pledge allegiance to the Crown. It is a day out for half a million people, with millions more watching on TV. To learn more about the Lord Mayor’s Show from their website.
June – GMC donated GBP 475 to Spartak 78 YSC to sponsor trophies and medals for the 8th Annual Mini League Tournament and Football Fun Day, which was hosted by Spartak 78 YSC on Saturday June 11th at the Herberts Farm playing fields in Saffron Walden. The Town Mayor and Mayoress of Saffron Walden presented the medals and trophies to the young footballers, making it a proud moment for everyone present. Furthermore, GMC team members Monika, Hafsa and Nitin volunteered their time and effort to contribute to the smooth running of the event. To find out more, please visit Spartak 78 YSC website.
May – Prem Goyal and Catherine attended the Annual Jade Banquet at the Phoenix Palace Chinese Restaurant organised by the Chinese Welfare Trust. The Trust was established in 2008 to provide welfare services to Chinese people resident throughout the United Kingdom. Learn more about the Chinese Welfare Trust from their website.
May – Prem Goyal and Catherine attended the Mayor of Southwark Charity Ball in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on 14th May and GMC donated GBP 140 to the charity. Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical and financial support for better cancer care.Learn more about the Macmillan Cancer Support from their website.
April – GMC has sponsored GBP 100 to John Tyler, who also participated in the 2011 London Marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research has saved millions of lives with their groundbreaking work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. The survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years and Cancer Research has been at the heart of this progress. To find out more,visit Cancer Research UK website.
April – GMC has donated GBP of 228 to Lester Reeves for participating in the London Marathon to raise money for the Blackfriars Settlement Charity. This charity has been in existence for 124 years working with local people in North Lambeth and Southwork, particularly those who are disadvantaged economically or socially.Learn more about the from their website.
April – GMC has sponsored GBP 300 to Sohail Janjuha for participating in the London Marathon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. This campaign is amongst one of UK’s leading charities that focus on all muscle disease which make it very difficult for adults and children to carry out day to day activities. To find out more, visit Muscular Dystrophy Campaign website.
April – Prem Goyal with one guest, attended the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry 2011 charity lunch at the Guildhall on 29 April. GMC has donated GBP 190. Money raised from the event went directly to the Current Operations Fund, which supports soldiers and their families affected by the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Learn more about The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry from their website.
March – GMC CEO Prem Goyal joined fellow business leaders at the Indian Achievers Awards at the UK Parliament. The award ceremony admires leadership from different walks of life. During the evening, Prem accepted the 2010 Young UK Entrepreneur Award by the Indo British Business Forum (IBBF). This award recognises leadership, vision and actions of people who are role models for upcoming generations. In his acceptance speech, Prem said that one of the most fulfilling parts of being an entrepreneur is creating hundreds of jobs and providing work and training opportunities for young people. He added that receiving this award will motivate him to keep growing his business, create more opportunities for our communities and share the secrets of starting a successful business with Londoners, especially young entrepreneurs.
March – Prem Goyal sponsored GBP 150 to Macmillan Cancer Support and attended the Parliamentary Palace of Varieties event. This extraordinary dinner show took place at the Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly, London. During this exclusive occasion, Lords and MPs were entertained by a range of talents to raise awareness of Macmillian. Learn more about Macmillan Cancer Support from their website.
March – Prem Goyal and Catherine attended the Mikhail Gorbachev 80th Birthday Charitable Celebration Concert on 30th March 2011 and GMC donated GBP 390 to the Macmillan Cancer Support and Gorbachev Foundation. Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical and financial support for better cancer care. Learn more about,visit Macmillan Cancer Support from their website.The Gorbachev Foundation is a non-governmental non-profit organisation founded by the former President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. It conducts research into social, economic and political problems of critical importance at the current stage in Russian and world history. The Foundation seeks to promote democratic values as well as moral and humanist principles in the life of society. Learn more about the Gorbachev Foundation website.
March – GMC sponsored GBP 100 to the Stepney Football Club; the Safer Neighbourhood Tournament (SNT) has been a great success in promoting diversity and sports in the local boroughs of London.To find out more, visit The Stepney Football Club website.
March – Prem Goyal has donated 1035 GBP and attended the fundraising dinner event hosted at Cafe Spice Namaste in support of Time and Talent Association. This charity is based in Rotherhithe which has been helping local people with crucial support in the time of need since 1887. Learn more about Time and Talent Association from their website.
March – Prem sponsored GBP 250 to Geeta Gupta, who will participate in the Eton sprint Triathlon to raise money for Pratham UK, which is a children’s charity based in India. This charity is the largest non-governmental children’s charity working to provide quality education to underprivileged children in rural and urban India. To find out more, visit Pratham UK website.
February – GMC CEO, Prem Goyal, attended the Square Mile Salute, a charity fundraiser for wounded troops at Guildhall in the City of London. Networking with over 500 city professionals, Prem exchanged business views with Boris Johnson. GMC made a contribution of £1,200 towards the fundraiser.
February – GMC sponsored GBP 300 to Sohail Janjuha’s, who has participated in the FOCUS challenge by undertaking a 6 day 300km cycle, climbing up to 650 metres a day through the mountainous Berber villages from Ourzazate to Skoura, for a charity called Focus Humanitarian Assistance which provides emergency relief for developing world countries.To find out more, visit Focus Humanitarian Assistance website.
February – Prem Goyal donated GBP 100 to WAR Child, which is an international charity that protects children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones. Visit WAR Child from their website.
February – GMC has sponsored GBP 100 to Matthew Rickett, who will participate in the London Marathon to raise money for SPARKS. It is a children’s medical research charity which funds high quality medical research into childhood diseases to help all babies be born healthy and stay healthy. Learn more about SPARKS from their website.
January – Prem Goyal and Catherine Ching completed a 12-day trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. During the whole trekking, they used designated routes and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts. Also they used locally owned lodges and local guides and porters to experience the local taste and culture making direct impact on the local livelihood. Money spent during the whole trip would be contributed directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation. They also donated money, clothes and shoes. Furthermore, GMC will be sponsoring a local student to further his college education in Kathmandu.
January – GMC donated GBP 250 to Kids and Prem Goyal will be attending the Kids 40th Birthday Dinner event at Battersea Power Station on 10th March 2011. Kids, is a well established charitable organisation which helps disabled children and their families in living a happy, healthy and active life. Visit Kids for more information.
January– GMC CEO Prem Goyal was delighted and honoured to become a Freeman of the City of London and join an association and Guild with such an illustrious history and traditions, having been formed in 1942. Prem was bestowed this title in recognition of his entrepreneurial and charitable contributions to the City of London. He is looking forward to getting more involved and joining hands with other Guilds and Livery Companies in the UK to make the City of London and Britain proud.
January – GMC Sponsored GBP 100 to the Ucare Foundation, formerly known as the Pakistan Foundation, which provides accessible, consistent, high quality healthcare and education to rural and deprived areas of Pakistan. It is currently, running campaigns such as Pakistan Flood, Kashmir Earthquake and Asia Tsunami relief. Learn more about the UCare Foundation from their website.
2010 GMC Community Activities
December – GMC sponsored Panarat and Michael Dugmore who will participate in the London Marathon 2011 to raise funds for Attlee Foundation. The Charity was set up to commemorate Clement Attlee’s life, work and achievements through piloting projects that benefit the people he cared most about – those disadvantaged by poverty, disability or lack of opportunity. Visit The Attlee Foundation website for more information.
December – GMC sponsored GBP 500 to the Thurrock YFC under 11 Panthers team for their football kits for the coming season. The youth football team ranked no. 1 in the 2009 – 2010 season. To find out more, visit the Thurrock Football Club website.
November – GMC has sponsored GBP 60 to Seema and Annabel, who will participate in the British Indian Friendship Walk which includes a 95 km walk in 4 days in India and they will retrace some of the steps of Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March to raise money to support families in India that are living in poverty. Learn more about the Sharma Foundation from their website.
November – Prem Goyal attended the Asian University for Women (AUW) charity Dinner at the Mandarian Oriental Hotel on 18th November and GMC donated GBP 250 to the charity. The key guest host for the evening was AUW patron, Mrs. Cherie Blair QC who provided an overview of the AUW and its key initiatives. The AUW is a non-Profitable institute operating in the education sector; there aim is to provide Asian Women with access to educational resources and opportunities. Learn more about the AUW from their website.
September – GMC sponsored 4 awards: Award for Excellence in contributing to College Life, Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring, Award for Excellence in Promoting Community Cohesion and Award for Excellence in Promoting a Sustainable Environment at the Tower Hamlet College annual Student Achievement Awards ceremony which took place on 16 Sept. 4 GMC staff attended the ceremony. Tower Hamlet College offers a vast range of courses from BTECs and A Levels to short courses for 16-19 year olds and courses ranging from Teacher Training to short employability courses for adult. The college provides excellent support and superb facilities enabling students to progress on to higher education or into employment. Learn more about Tower Hamlet College from their website.
August – GMC donated GBP 100 to the Deutsche Bank Enduro Challenge 2010 Team who had braved high seas on August Bank holiday weekend as they took on the 2010 Enduro Challenge. This year’s team competed against Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and UBS in the cross-channel triathlon, which started at Tower Bridge in London and ended at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This year the team was fundraising for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). MCS is a leading UK charity caring for the UK’s seas, shores and wildlife. The money raised will help to establish vital marine protected areas, clear coasts and seas of litter and reduce overfishing, which has a detrimental effect on the UK’s waters. The challenge tested both physical and mental endurance and consisted of an 85-mile running relay from London to Dover, a 30-mile swim relay from Dover to Calais and then a 180-mile cycle relay from Calais to Paris. This took the team of six approximately 32 hours. Learn more about the MCS from their website.
August – Prem Goyal and Catherine Ching attended the Sovereigns Day Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 13 August and GMC donated GBP 1,200 to the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity began as the Army Benevolent Fund in 1944. It gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. Learn more about the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity from their website.
July – Prem Goyal attended the Lord Mayor’s XI v Royal Household XI Celebrity Cricket Match at Windsor Castle on 4 July in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2010. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2010 aims to generate significant funds to bring dynamic musical and cricketing opportunities into state schools, academy schools and their communities in London’s most challenging boroughs. Learn more about the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2010 from their website.
June – Prem Goyal, Sunil Chander, Mouhcine Bourous and Catherine Ching attended the “Slumdog Secret Millionaire” charity dinner at Cafe Spice Nameste on 30 June in aid of the Sharma Foundation. The Sharma Foundation was established by Dr. Seema Sharma, the Slumdog Secret Millionaire to provide opportunities for those who have been less fortunate in India. Learn more about the Sharma Foundation from their website.
April – Prem Goyal with two guests, attended the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry 2010 charity lunch at the Guildhall on 29 April. GMC has donated GBP 285. Money raised from the event went directly to the Current Operations Fund, which supports soldiers and their families affected by the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Learn more about The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry from their website.
April – GMC donated GBP 100 to David Mills, who participated in the 2010 Messina Marathon for the Childcare – Bentwood Catholic Children’s society (BCCS). The charity aims to provide support and care for disadvantaged children throughout Essex and East London. Learn more about Childcare – Bentwood Catholic Children’s Society from their website.
April – GMC has sponsored the 8th annual Safer Neighbourhood Tournament (SNT) at the Tower Hamlet borough. The SNT aims to raise awareness of community safety and build relationship between the diverse communities towards the emergency services in the community and celebrate grassroots football. The winners of 2010 are London Tiger (picture left above) who win the fantastic cash prize of GBP1000 beating runners up Clichy FC from Stepney.
March – GMC has sponsored David Parkhill, who has participated in the ‘Miles for Missing People’ 10km run in Hyde Park on 13 March. The charity provides support for missing children, vulnerable adults and families left in limbo. Learn more about the Missing People from their website.
March – GMC donated (GBP 100) to Sarswati Foundation in support of Ania Lichota, who is climbing Mt. Everest (her last of 7 summits) to raise $100k to build a school in Nepal. The Sarswati Foundation is a youth-led organization to bring youth into action in transforming societies crippled by war, violence and poverty. Learn more about Sarswati Foundation from their website.
March – GMC donated GBP 300 to Jason Hale,Olivier Kouao and Iain Mackrory-Jamieson, who have taken on the challenging Brighton Marathon on 18th April to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Afrikids and the disabilities Trust respectively. Visit Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Afrikids, the Disabilities Trust for more information.
February – GMC has formed a team of 6, who participated in the 2010 London Virgin Marathon on 25th April 2010 (picture right above). They have raised about GBP 25,000 for the Attlee Foundation which is an amazing charity based in London, Tower Hamlets doing some exciting and excellent work with communities in need, particularly young people.
January – GMC raised GBP 3,864 for Haiti earthquake for the British Red Cross. With up to a staggering 200,000 people feared dead, 300,000 people made homeless and desperate for food and water following the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday 12th January. Now, more are in urgent need. Learn more about the British Red Cross from their website.
January – Catherine Ching, 2009 GMC Community contribution Award Winner, completed a trek to the top of Mount Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysia), 4,095 meters above sea level. She raised GBP 100 for The Attlee Foundation.
January – GMC donated GBP 200 to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2010 aims to generate significant funds to bring dynamic musical and cricketing opportunities into state schools, academy schools and their communities in London’s most challenging boroughs. Lear more about the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2010 from their website.
January – GMC has announced its commitment to invest £1 million in the community over the next few years. In addition, GMC staff are committed to collectively investing 10,000 professional hours into the community.