One of our regional coordinators, Jaffer Hussain from Blackburn was nominated by a young person to hold the Olympic Torch through his local area. Check out what he had to say;
I’ve never been a big fan of sports. Well the only sports I’ve liked is wrestling and even then it’s classed as sport’s entertainment. In a way this is the unique thing about the Olympic Torch, you don’t need to be into sports to be able to get nominated or even selected to carry it. My name’s Jaf and I’m one of the regional coordinators for somewhereto_.
I’m one of the lucky 8,000 people who have been selected to carry the Olympic Torch as it makes its way through the country. I used to work for the local council and one of the young people I worked with nominated me:
“My local hero is in a league of his own, he’s been my youth worker for over a year now and I’ve never known anyone that can change lives like he can. I come from Blackburn and life in this town can be pretty tough but he offers a helping hand to anyone that needs it, he works and works and works to make sure that life for young people is filled with rich knowledge and a sense of direction. He haschanged my life in so many ways, through him I have acquired life skills, communication skills, leadership skills and knowledge that no other could offer me and that’s just my life he’s changed, there are hundreds of people that could tell you the same. I can think of no other person more eligible to carry a torch for the Olympic games, and even then he’ll be educating as he goes along.”
The whole experience to date has been mind blowing and I can’t wait until the 22nd June. You know you can ask any youth worker and they would tell you exactly the same thing as I’m saying – we don’t get into this field of work to get recognised or for awards. We work unsociable hours and weekends away from our loved ones because we want to help the next generation of young people and provide them with valuable life skills that cannot be taught in schools. My time with the local council was amazing. I used to work with up to 60 young people a week, 4 nights a week helping them to make a difference in their communities.
It’s such an honour to be able to carry the torch, knowing that the last 9 years of hard work doing local, regional, national and international work building up partnerships along the way. It is quite humbling, exciting but at the same time nerve wracking but hey – ho it’s also a once in a life time opportunity so I say bring it on!
Inspirational, don’t you think?
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