JCI UK is excited to announce that we have three nominees shortlisted in the top 20 of the global TOYP competition.
TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World) is an annual competition recognising the achievements of inspiring individuals in ten categories. JCI UK holds a national competition every year with the winners entered in the global competition the following year.
Selina Wray, Caroline Harroe and Hashim Bhatti have been chosen out of 209 entrants from around the world as three of the top 20 nominees – you can find out more about their achievements below. The ten TOYP honourees will now be selected following a final round of judging from JCI partners and a public vote. Please vote for our finalists via www.jci.cc/toypvote when voting opens shortly.
The ten TOYP winners will be invited to pick up their awards at the JCI World Congress in Amsterdam in November. This is an awesome opportunity to hear from exemplary leaders from around the world.
Meet Our Finalists
Caroline Harroe – From the age of 10, Caroline suffered from depression and low self-esteem, resulting in her self-harming and making multiple suicide attempts. When it was apparent that the normal medical professional services were unable to help, Caroline made changes to her life herself. She set up Harmless, a national voluntary organisation to help those that self-harm and provide support for their family and friends. Professionals who once wrote her off as an ‘inevitable suicide,’ now seek her valued advice as both a respected professional and as a leading figure in the field of self harm and suicide in the UK.
Selina Wray – For the past decade, Selina has dedicated her career to research into dementia, which affects 850,000 people in the UK and is a priority research area for the UK government. Selina has contributed significantly to both research and public engagement, advancing our knowledge of the disease and increasing awareness amongst the public. Selina is committed to removing the barriers that prevent female progression in STEM. She is a mentor on the Southbank Centre “International Day of the girl” scheme and has co-organised events for at UCL to mark Ada Lovelace day.
Hashim Bhatti – At the age of 25, Hashim overcame six other candidates to become selected as one of the youngest candidates to stand as a councillor for the Conservative party in Windsor. He was also the first British Pakistani to ever get selected in the history of Windsor, an area not known for its cultural diversity. After an intense election campaign, Hashim was elected to represent the residents of his home town. Hashim volunteers in his free time to help steer the long term interfaith agenda in the UK. He co-founded London’s first Interfaith Summit. Amidst a climate of fear, he brought different faiths group together by creating a space where people could engage and air their frustrations in a bid to build better relations between communities.
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This post was written by Sarah Beckwith