Aleesha Gadhia is a 6-year-old Indian-origin girl, who gave many of us a reason to be proud. She has recently won British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Points of Light award. She won the award for her powerful and inspiring awareness campaigns about deforestation and climate change.
Aleesha Gadhia has so far managed to raise more than £3,000 for the UK-based non-profit ‘Cool Earth’. Cool Earth is an association that works with rainforest communities to stop deforestation and lobbies with businesses to generate more sustainable practices.
As per the official release from Prime Minister Johnson’s Office, Aleesha Gadhia said: “I feel really excited and happy to have won the award. I am really grateful and honoured to have Prime Minister Boris Johnson to award and write a letter to me. I never thought I would receive such an award,”
Aleesha, who hails from West Bridgford in Nottinghamshire, Central England, has also established a climate change club at her school. Ruth Edwards, Conservative MP for Rushcliffe, said that she is “absolutely delighted” to hear that Gadhia has been “recognised” for her “amazing work” to safeguard rainforests and raise climate change awareness. “I think she is setting a great example of what we can all do to help our environment. This award is truly well-deserved, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Aleesha and her campaign,” Edwards was quoted as saying by the release.
The 6-YO was also applauded for sending out 100s of letters and emails to influential people of top firms and businesses to encourage them to take climate actions seriously.
After winning the award, Gadhia thanked her teachers and Cool Earth for making her their first youth ambassador. Aleesha’s parents – Kiran and Pooja – said they were “so proud” of their daughter and for what she has done over the previous year for “someone so young.”
But, this wasn’t the first time that Aleesha Gadhia has been in the spotlight.
At the beginning of the year, Aleesha also took up a challenge and rode 80km on her scooter to raise money for ‘Cool Earth’ for which she received the backing of Queen Elizabeth II and environmentalist Sir David Attenborough.
As per the sources, Gadhia has now become the 1,755th person to receive the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award after it was launched in 2014 to honour people making a difference in their communities. At IFORHER, we are so proud of Aleesha and hope she will keep inspiring us with her much-needed interventions to save the planet before it’s too late.