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From Kenya to Barnet: High-achieving Oshwals honoured for community work

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By Barnet Post 08 February 2022

Twenty-one members of the Oshwal community from around the world have been honoured for their achievements, including Binita Shah-Patel from Barnet. Twenty-one members of the Oshwal community from around the world have been honoured for their achievements, including Binita Shah-Patel from Barnet. 

Honours have been given for work in fields as varied as wildlife photography, charity work, commitment to LGBTIQ+, organ donation and the media, in the first-ever Oshwal Connect Global New Year Honours. Honours have been given for work in fields as varied as wildlife photography, charity work, commitment to LGBTIQ+, organ donation and the media, in the first-ever Oshwal Connect Global New Year Honours. 

These high achievers have encouraged diversity, inclusion and equality in their respective fields and have been highlighted as inspirational peers to other members of the community. These high achievers have encouraged diversity, inclusion and equality in their respective fields and have been highlighted as inspirational peers to other members of the community. 

Oshwal Connect was founded by cousins Bunty & Chaitan Shah in March 2021. The purpose of the group was to unite, connect and highlight the Oshwal Community globally. While Oshwals are often Jain and Hindu in origin, this group goes beyond any political or religious affiliations. Oshwal Connect was founded by cousins Bunty & Chaitan Shah in March 2021. The purpose of the group was to unite, connect and highlight the Oshwal Community globally. While Oshwals are often Jain and Hindu in origin, this group goes beyond any political or religious affiliations. 

Oshwals beginnings can be traced back as early as 457BC in India but are now based in many countries across the world. The earliest Oshwals recorded in the UK were in the 1950’s. Oshwals beginnings can be traced back as early as 457BC in India but are now based in many countries across the world. The earliest Oshwals recorded in the UK were in the 1950’s. 

Oshwal Connect has a primary presence on Facebook, where a group set up in the pandemic has seen accelerated organic growth with more than 7,000 members joining in the first nine months. The group is intergenerational but has a particularly active younger audience seeking to connect with others from their community. Oshwal Connect has a primary presence on Facebook, where a group set up in the pandemic has seen accelerated organic growth with more than 7,000 members joining in the first nine months. The group is intergenerational but has a particularly active younger audience seeking to connect with others from their community. 

The founders say: “We feel the success of growing the group is that we focused on creating a stronger united community by being more inclusive and open, by not involving religion and politics.” The founders say: “We feel the success of growing the group is that we focused on creating a stronger united community by being more inclusive and open, by not involving religion and politics.” 

In Barnet, Binita Shah-Patel (known as Binny) was recognised for her work with charities and good causes. Binny is a UN Women UK Delegate, an ambassador for World Animal Protection and has worked on several animal welfare campaigns. She also writes the blog Binnys Food and Travel. In Barnet, Binita Shah-Patel (known as Binny) was recognised for her work with charities and good causes. Binny is a UN Women UK Delegate, an ambassador for World Animal Protection and has worked on several animal welfare campaigns. She also writes the blog Binnys Food and Travel. 

She said: “I was extremely shocked, delighted and grateful to be awarded a New Year’s Honour. She said: “I was extremely shocked, delighted and grateful to be awarded a New Year’s Honour. 

It has encouraged me to dedicate even more time working with causes and charities this year and I am determined to make a bigger impact and difference in 2022.” It has encouraged me to dedicate even more time working with causes and charities this year and I am determined to make a bigger impact and difference in 2022.” 

Visit Binny's website, Binnys Food And TravelVisit Binny's website, Binnys Food And Travel

Email [email protected], visit oshwalconnect.org or follow @oshwalconnect on TwitterEmail [email protected], visit oshwalconnect.org or follow @oshwalconnect on Twitter