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Dedication to charity work won this Muslim man from Essex a trip to space
Saturday December 19, 2015 8:06 PM, News Network

Hussain Manawer

The dedication to charity work, especially his volunteering for the people with mental health problems, has won 24-year-old Essex-born Hussain Manawer a trip to space, making him the first British Muslim to travel beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

And to make his trip to space scheduled in 2018 more meaningful, Hussain has dedicated the historic journey to people suffering from mental health.

"‘This spaceship, I want to dedicate to every single person who has suffered from mental health, every young boy, girl, man, woman who sits in their bedroom crying and you don’t know why, everyone who avoids mirrors because you don’t like what you look like", Hussain Manawer announced after winning the international competition.

Hussain Manawer was declared winner in November this year at the Kruger Cowne Rising Star competition ceremony in Bangkok.

Besides his work giving anti-bullying talks to schoolchildren, his budding media company, and the thousands of pounds he raised for charity by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Hussain's moving speech about living with mental illness helped him beat entrants from 90 different countries to win the amazing top prize, according to

“I’ve voluntarily visited more than 300 schools across the UK - Liverpool, Derby, Newcastle, London, Essex, to name a few - to hold cyber bullying talks to raise awareness on how young people can stay safe online. I’ve also given careers assemblies to inspire and motivate students, and poetry workshops to encourage the use of expression through the arts", the Ilford resident, who was born and raised in Essex, is quoted by The Huffington Post.

“The future is the youth,” he adds, simply. “And therefore we are only to blame for the way things pan out if we don't invest our time in them.”

Hussain Manawer has also taken nearly 100 Londoners with him to climb various mountains in the UK, raising thousands of pounds for charities - including those supporting the refugees crisis, victims of war, and deprived communities in rural Africa.

“I encourage as many of my influential peers to get involved within fundraising and even had cast members of Waterloo Road and Eastenders sleep outside in the streets of Shoreditch whilst we were raising money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

“I have also held charity football tournament, and once a 10 mile walk from Ilford to Oxford Street", he said.


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