Over 100 Mosaic mentors and supporters in the North West were joined by Dr Zafar Iqbal, the first team doctor at Liverpool Football Club and Imran Hakim, entrepreneur and founder of iTeddy to celebrate the region’s mentoring achievements so far this academic year, an event held in partnership with Mosaic Patron Human Appeal International.
Dr. Zafar Iqbal spoke at the event held in Manchester and thanked mentors and supporters in the region for their support. Attendees were given insight into Zafar’s personal and professional journey and how he was able to reach his potential through having the support of influential role models and mentors. Commenting on the importance of mentoring, Zafar said:
‘Mosaic’s mentors do a phenomenal job in helping young people from our most disadvantaged communities fulfil their potential. They are true superstars in every sense of the word. I am delighted to support this initiative and encourage people to sign up as mentors’.
The audience also heard from Imran Hakim, Dragons Den entrepreneur, CEO of Hakim Group and long standing supporter of Mosaic. Imran emphasized the importance of confidence and self-belief in achieving his dreams and how through the support of his peers and mentors he was able to succeed. Imran stressed the importance of Mosaic programmes to create a new crop of entrepreneurs like him:
‘Mentoring is fundamental to developing our next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. It was a privilege to be a part of Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge competition last year which helped 5000 young people to better understand business through mentoring, and I look forward to continuing my support. It’s a real pleasure to be here this evening to celebrate the ongoing efforts of these inspirational individuals, who regularly invest their precious time into the future generations’.
Commenting on the success of the evening, Mosaic North West RLG Chairman Dr Wakkas Khan said ‘It’s been a brilliant start to the year for us here in the North West but we are still only half way through the year. We heard today from two very successful people about the role mentoring has played in their lives and why it’s so important. We still have room for brilliant mentors for programmes starting in the new year and encourage people to make a difference by signing up today”.
Read more about the schools and programmes we support in the North West and how to sign up as a mentor for one of our programmes.