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Nominate desi stars NOMINATIONS for a prestigious awards ceremony that will celebrate the achievements of Scottish black and ethnic minorities people are now open. The Scottish Black Minority Ethnic Achievements Awards 2008, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow on June 20, recognise the contributions of ethnic minority communities to the economic, social and cultural development of Scotland. The awards will be divid-
ed into three categories covering community, enterprise and development and youth contribution. The evening will comprise of a champagne reception, followed by a fivecourse meal and live entertainment on stage. Keynote speakers invited to this year’s ceremony are First Minister Alex Salmond and Secretary of State for Scotland Des Browne. For more information about the awards, visit www.bmeawards.co.uk.
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BRITISH-Asian duo Signature are set to work with legend Michael Jackson after their performances on ITV show Britain’s Got Talent. Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh finished second in the talent show final, watched by more than 13 million people, last Saturday (31). Signature thrilled the crowd with their mix of Jackson and bhangra moves, but ultimately lost out to 14-year-old singer George Sampson. The duo are performing today (6) at the Hammersmith Apollo in London for the start of the Britain’s Got Talent Tour. Mirza, 29,told Eastern Eye he had been contacted by members of Jackson’s family hours before the final about working on the king of pop’s come-back album. He said: “We got a call from Michael’s brothers, Tito and Jackie, and his mum, who are in Devon at the moment. Continued on page 3
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HELP OMAR IF YOU CAN Community may save boy THE parents of a terminally-ill toddler have made a desperate plea to British Asians to save their son‘s life. Four-year-old Omar Idrees was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukaemia when he was 11 years old and has been undergoing regular chemotherapy ever since. The only possible cure for him is a bone-marrow transplant but none of the immediate family are suitable donors. So, in a battle to save their child’s life, Imran and Munaza Idrees left their jobs to look after Omar and signed up to the Anthony Nolan Trust’s bone marrow register. At present there are 390,000 potential donors registered with the Trust, but less than four per cent of those are of Asian origin.
by ZEKRA RAHMAN Speaking to Eastern Eye Scotland from Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, Imran said: “There are about six other Asian children waiting here for a bone marrow transplant and our community don’t have awareness of it so I’m trying my best to help. “Whenever I speak to anyone, they think they need to give bone when they hear bone marrow. But it is not bone, it is just blood that you have to give. They can’t imagine that by just giving blood, you can save a life. “I would like to appeal to everybody. This is very important and we should all come forward. Just by taking a little bit of pain, you can save my little boy’s life.” Imran, 43, who is a member of ex-
Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan’s political party, will meet with legend Khan when he arrives in London tomorrow (7). He hopes that Khan will be able to help spread the message through Pakistan about the register. The Glasgow-based family have already launched a campaign urging more British Asians to come forward as donors. They have staged a donor clinic at the Central Mosque in Glasgow, where people were tested and registered. The campaign will soon be extended to England The next registration clinic will be held at Pollokshields Community Centre, Kenmure Street, Glasgow on June 21, from 12.30pm to 4pm. Please call 0207 284 1234 or visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk APPEAL: Omar with dad Imran