A royal appointment for Atifa

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Atifa Shah, kept an appointment with HRH The Prince of Wales at an awards ceremony after reaching the last four at the Mosaic Awards.

The event saw the HRH The Prince of Wales, founder of Mosaic and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, Chair of the Mosaic Talent Awards, celebrate the achievements of both finalists and winners with 500 guests at the Natural History Museum in London.

This was the first in a national programme of recognition established to celebrate the successes and contributions made to society by Britain’s young emerging Muslim talent.

The work of the finalists was highlighted in front of an emminent audience of 500, at the same time marking the first anniversary of Mosaic’s inception.

Atifa Shah was nominated for her work in the Rochdale Community. Paul Rowen MP who nominated her said, “I was very pleased to nominate Atifa for her outstanding work over a number of years in a number of areas. Atifa was a former Youth Member of Parliament who has continued to do so much for our community.

"There were hundreds of nominations and for Atifa to finish in the last 4 is an outstanding achievement.”

Atifa said, “I didn’t win the award but I was privileged to have been one of the 4 finalists as it really is a prestigious award and it was overall a good evening.

"I enjoyed meeting Prince Charles and told him I was a finalist and introduced him to my father and he said to my dad ‘you must be very proud of your daughter having got this far’ It’s nice to be officially recognised but I work to make a possible difference to people’s lives.”

As Chair of the Mosaic Talent Awards and a Judge on the interview panel, HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan has found the Awards nominees truly inspiring.

She said, “When I look at the scope and range of those short listed, it leaves me in no doubt that there is great drive, enthusiasm and ability in the young people of this country, and it is that positive potential which attracted me to becoming a supporter of Mosaic.”

An active figure in her community Atifa was elected Youth MP for Rochdale in 2005. A student and founder of two businesses, Atifa successfully help to secured beacon status for healthy schools in Rochdale, created a behaviour policy for local high schools in 2006, chairs a Muslim advisory panel, is a director on Link4Life, a Governor for Rochdale 6th Form College, a graduate of HRH Prince of Wales Young Muslim Leadership Summer School at Oxford and has used her skills and networks to inspire many others to become engaged in their own community leadership.

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