Muna Chauhan, 46, a campaigner who empowers women to volunteer, was recognized with the “Points of Light” Award by the UK Prime Minister David Cameroon on 10th November, 2015. The Points of Light awards recognize outstanding individuals who are making a difference in their communities.
Muna has encouraged over 200 women and young people to actively give back to the local community. Muna has rose over £5 million pounds for various international development charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and volunteered for few organisations such as Myton Hospice and the British Heart Foundation. She has also full heartedly volunteered in countries abroad that have been hit by natural disasters and other crises. The award has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the US. It honours outstanding examples of individual volunteering across the US and the UK.
Muna was given the honour at the annual Diwali Reception at No 10 Downing Street. Prime Minister David Cameron praised Muna, to get young people involved in volunteering and seeing the difference they can make. “By inspiring others to take action Muna has had an impact in more than just her own community, and I am delighted to recognise her as the UK’s 387th Point of Light”, said UK PM Cameroon.
On accepting, Muna said “I have always been passionate about women empowerment and youth development. I always passionately believe that it is an individual’s duty and privilege as a human being to serve our society. My greatest guiding influence in life has been Mahatma Gandhi who was a beacon of hope and his vision of whole world is one family has inspired me, in particular his world famous quote: “be the change you want to see in the world”, which I have adopted as my own real-life principle.”