There are loads and loads of people in the UK who wake up every morning and try to make the world a better place. When we read about them, we initially feel vastly inferior compared to their general goodness. Boo.
But then after that feeling passes, a determination to emulate them and do good in our own right takes over. Alizeh Moin is one person who makes us want to be the best version of ourselves.
Alizeh is a sixth former at Valentines High School in Ilford, Essex. Along with being a member of the student parliament and a house captain, the 16-year-old has achieved her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and completed her National Citizens Service, a programme that allows young people to tackle a local issue they’re passionate about.
Yet if all of this wasn’t enough, Alizeh also gives up her Saturdays to volunteer at a local care home, where she assists residents with dementia. She explained to the Ilford Recorder that she engages them in stimulating activities such as knitting, mental maths, art, and puzzles; as well as helping them eat lunch.
In the coming days, Alizeh will be travelling to Pakistan – where she has family – to begin a two week stint or work experience at Ziauddin Hospital, ‘Pakistan’s second best hospital and research centre’. The experience will no doubt help her decide if she wants to follow through on her plans to study chemistry at University College London.
Alizeh’s altruism doesn’t end there. She’s discussed the risk of radicalisation in her area for a youth leadership programme; volunteered at the local library, where she’s helped children with their reading; and served as a ‘student learning consultant’, a position that saw her interview prospective teacher candidates for vacancies at her school (!) so she could give feedback to the staff making the final decision.
No word of a lie, that level of power and responsibility would’ve been well beyond any of the Ummahsonic staff when we were 16.
For all her efforts, Alizeh has been nominated for The Young Citizen of the Year Award, an honour organised by the Ilford Recorder for young high flyers in the local area.
Congratulations, Alizeh. You’ve made our Friday even brighter by inspiring us to be better.