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Odsal Stadium To Host First Ever Bradford Diwali Awards


Odsal Stadium is to host the first ever Bradford Diwali Awards on Thursday 26th October.

Organised by the Bradford Hindu Council, the first ever Bradford Diwali Awards are set to honour the unsung heroes whose contributions to the local community have changed people’s lives.


There are a total of 11 award categories, which are: Empowering Children through Sports; Diversity in Inclusive Women's Sports Promotion; Community Unity through Charity; Educational Excellence and Community Engagement; Community Mental Health, Wellness and Awareness; Cultural Preservation and Religious Understanding; Community Empowerment through Quiet and Humble Leadership; Cultural and Faith Pioneers and Promotion; Cultural Heritage, Folk Music and Language Education; Independent Living and Community Support and Inspiring Youth Leader & Outstanding Community Organiser.


Bradford Bulls' Head of Commercial Ian Stafford said: "We are delighted to be hosting the first ever Bradford Diwali Awards next week at Odsal Stadium. The awards will celebrate the fantastic efforts of individuals who have made significant contributions to better the lives of others."


"The Bradford Bulls is a wholly inclusive club - and anyone is welcome at our stadium whether that is for rugby matches, stock cars or for any events such as next week's awards."


"We have held a number of multicultural events over the last 18 months and we are extremely keen to continue to engage with all communities within Bradford."

Deepak Sharma, one of the organisers said: “These categories represent the diverse tapestry of contributions that define Bradford's Hindu community spirit. The Bradford Diwali Awards stand as a testament to the city's unity and commitment to celebrating the remarkable individuals and groups who tirelessly work to make a difference within the community, spanning diverse fields of culture, education, sports, and community welfare."


“So we look forward to the first-ever Bradford Diwali Awards, we anticipate an evening filled with recognition, celebration, and unity, showcasing the strength of Bradford's community bonds and the indomitable spirit of its people."


“As the city prepares to shine even brighter during this Diwali season, the Bradford Diwali Awards stand as a beacon of hope, light and inspiration for all communities. They have the potential to become a cherished tradition, celebrating Bradford's diversity, resilience, and the strong spirit of its people.”

Diwali is the five-day Hindu festival of lights which occurs in autumn every year to celebrates the return of Lord Rama - an avatar of the Hindu supreme god Lord Vishnu - to the Kingdom of Ayodhya.



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