Amongst these was a British Citizen’s Award for Middlesex Freemason, Bro Mukesh Malhotra, a relatively new member (initiated in November 2019) of Parsifal Lodge, No. 5655.
Mukesh, a previous Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow (2017/18), has a Masters Degree in Management and IT and also the specialist qualification of Certified Information Security Manager.
For some 20 years he has volunteered within his community and been instrumental in the fight to end polio.
He currently serves as unpaid director and chair of ThamesBank Credit Union, a financial cooperative owned solely by members to provide a safe place for savings and access to loans.
Mukesh also speaks regularly at colleges and universities on third sector topics such as credit unions, food banks, rough sleeping and cyber security.
Through his involvement with Hounslow Rotary, he is a co-founder of Rotary World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio, which has globally helped in the fight to save more than 18.5 million children from polio.
The efforts of Hounslow Rotary have recently been recognised by The Lord Lieutenant of London and commended for its work during the pandemic.
Mukesh is also trustee of the following organisations.
• The UK arm of a water charity called Roll Out The Barrel, whose primary aim is to transport clean water that “last mile” from the water pump or borehole using 35-litre water barrels which can be pushed or rolled rather than carried – https://www.rolloutthebarrel.org/
• Disability Network Hounslow, which supports people with physical, sensory or mental impairments.
Throughout all his voluntary work, Mukesh has helped many communities both locally and nationally.
He says: “I am blown away to be selected to receive a British Citizen’s Award for my volunteering and charity work. I hope that this inspires all of the unsung heroes in our community, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.”
Congratulations to Mukesh; the future of Parsifal Lodge seems to be in good hands.
A grateful thanks to W. Bro David Pearson PProvGSec for this article.
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