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The Mayor of Kingston announces his chosen charities

Mayor Thayalan

The Mayor has announced that he will be supporting Creative Youth, Kingston Samaritans and Kingston Race & Equalities Council during his mayoral year.

Reflecting his hopes and aspirations for the borough, the Mayor has chosen three charities that celebrate diversity, promote social cohesion, support emotional wellbeing and encourage young people to fulfil their potential.

The Mayor, said:

 “This was not an easy decision to make because there are so many worthy causes in the borough doing great things. The charities I have chosen have a broad reach meaning I can help a great many people, and these charities have not been chosen by previous Mayors in the past ten years or so.

“Both Creative Youth and Kingston Samaritans are celebrating significant milestones this year so it’s the perfect time to shine a light on their work. Choosing them as my charities is a way of thanking them for their valuable contribution - one of my key roles as Mayor.

“And then there is the Kingston Race & Equalities Council (KREC), which was set up in 1976, when Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities started to arrive in the borough. I have been personally associated with KREC for nearly thirty five years. It makes a huge contribution to the borough, which often goes unnoticed and not always appreciated. I hope by choosing this charity, I will be able to promote greater awareness of its work with the Police to keep Kingston safe, promoting equality of opportunity and good community relations between different racial, cultural and faith groups.”

Reactions from the Mayor’s chosen charities

Helen Dixon, Director of Kingston Samaritans said:

“We are absolutely delighted the Mayor has decided to support Kingston Samaritans this year. 2018 is a milestone year for us as we are celebrating 50 years of listening. It’s wonderful recognition for our volunteers who give their time freely and often at very unsocial hours to support those in distress. The Mayor’s support will enable us to reach out to more people who may be struggling to cope.”  

Robin Hutchinson, Chair of Creative Youth, the organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), said:

"We are honoured to be chosen by the Mayor to be one of his supported charities. As a councillor, Thay has always been incredibly supportive of local communities and activities and so to be recognised by him and the Mayor's Office in this way is truly wonderful. In July we have our tenth IYAF and we look forward to welcoming the Mayor and his colleagues at our events."

John Azah, Chief Executive Officer of KREC, said:

“Staff, trustees and members are very excited and honoured. It is a privilege to join the list organisations selected by Kingston Mayors, past and present, who do great charitable work. KREC will use this opportunity to fully support the Mayor as he goes around the borough, meeting the various communities who make up Kingston and promoting his nominated charities.

“We thank Councillor Thayalan for choosing us and we wish him a very enjoyable and successful mayoral year”.

In the coming weeks the Mayor will establish a fundraising committee and the proceeds raised throughout Councillor Thayalan’s mayoral term will be used to benefit his chosen charities.

To keep up to date with the Mayor’s activities visit kingston.gov.uk/mayor, follow him on Twitter @RBKMayor or find The Mayor of Kingston upon Thames on Facebook.