Sikh marathon walker honoured by British minister

April 28th, 2008 - 7:46 pm ICT by admin  

London, April 28 (IANS) A Sikh community leader in London who will set off on a 700-km walk this summer to raise funds for research into diseases of the bowel has been honoured by British Home Office Minister Tony McNulty. Balwant ‘Bobby’ Grewal, president of the India Association, was honoured at a Baisakhi gala celebration hosted by Non Resident Indian businessman Rami Ranger Saturday night.

Ranger, who also heads the British Sikh Association, organised the massive event at a hotel in northwest London.

Also honoured were Ashraf Chohan, secretary general of the Pakistan India UK Friendship Forum; Fauja Singh, who at 93 became the oldest person to run the London marathon four years ago until his record was broken this year by a centurion; Ravi Chand, a former police officer and president of the National Black Police Association; and Teji Singh, founder of Sterling Media, a public relations firm.

Grewal, well known among Indians in Britain for his walking marathons, has announced plans to begin a ‘Parliament 2 Parliament Walk’ June 4 from the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh to the British House of Commons in London.

The 700-km walk will take five weeks to complete and raise funds for research into bowel cancer and other bowel diseases at St Mark’s hospital in Harrow, northwest London.

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