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Prime Minister awards King's alumnus for COVID-19 initiative providing meals to key workers

The UK Government’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has recognised the work of King’s alumus and former KCLSU President, Momin Saqib, and his brother Bilal Bin Saqib alongside co-founders Raja Suleman Raza and Muhammad Arif Anis with a Points of Light award for launching their 'One Million Meals' campaign, which has seen over 100,000 meals delivered to key workers and people in need throughout the pandemic.


The Points of Light award recognises individuals who are making a positive change within their community. Outstanding volunteers are named Points of Light by the Prime Minister, shining a light on the array of innovative and inspirational volunteering across the UK.

Momin co-founded ‘One Million Meals’ with his brother, and a team of volunteers in March 2020. The charitable initiative has provided NHS and key workers including police, school staff, and firefighters, the homeless, and people in need with free nutritious meals by raising funds and working with food platforms, food chains and restaurants. The campaign has been backed by many, including David Beckham and boxing champion Amir Khan. The team identify demand from essential workplaces and arrange deliveries from participating restaurants. To date, One Million Meals has provided over 100,000 meals and beverages in more than 200 locations through 47 hospitals, trusts and food banks, including King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’.

It is an honour to receive the Points of Light award by the Prime Minister. I hope this recognition will increase the visibility of the campaign and allow us to continue helping people in need beyond the pandemic. The skills and global problem-solving mindset I developed during my time as both a student and staff member at King’s, has really helped me turn this idea into a reality.– Momin Saqib, King’s alumnus, KCLSU President (2017-18) and Engagement Officer (Vision 2029)

Momin, and his brother Bilal, are also co-founders of ‘Tayaba’, a charity that provides access to safe water solutions for vulnerable communities in Pakistan. Since 2016, Tayaba has helped impoverished and water-deprived communities by improving access, storage, and transportation of water. The charity has pioneered the use of “H2O wheels”, specially-designed water-carrying devices that help alleviate the water-carrying burden by carrying more than 40 litres of water more quickly and with reduced physical effort. So far, has distributed over 6,000+ H2O wheels and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of people.

Now, Momin works as the Engagement Officer for King’s Vision 2029, taking a leading role in engaging students in the university’s Internationalisation 2029 strategy and our overall mission to make the world a better place.

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