The annual Joan Gallagher award has been made jointly this year to two people for outstanding work in the Grangetown community.
Ali Abdi is a well known and popular face – particularly among young people, with who he does the majority of his work. He also recently returned from Somaliland, which he has done a tremendous amount towards it being officially recognised by Cardiff Council as a state. Ali is also recognised for his contribution to the Cardiff Somali community.
Moseem Suleman is a local businessman who owns a local ice cream parlour and has been involved with the Community Gateway programme in Grangetoewn for more than a year. He is also one of the organisers of Radio Ramadan and a big supporter of local activities right across the Grangetown community – including the Philosophy Cafe project.
The award is presented annually in memory of Joan Gallagher, the long serving secertary of Grangetown Community Concern, the forerunner to Grangetown Community Action. Last year’s winner was Dave King, the driving force behind Keep Grangetown Tidy.
The awards were presented at the Grangetown Festival by Grangetown Community Action chairman Chris Lomax, with local AM Vaughan Gething.