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Decades of community service recognised with award

13 April 2010
WHIITECHAPEL-based money transfer provider Dahabshiil has received an award for its "outstanding contribution to the Somali community in Tower Hamlets over the last four decades.

Apart from its business with the Horn of Africa, Dahabshiil sponsors a range of events, including the Somali Week Festival, where it helps to promote understanding and integration through Somali art and culture, and the Somali Youth Sports Association, which promotes sportsmanship and competition among players within the UK and in Europe.

It also invests more than 5 per cent of its annual profits into community regeneration projects involving the development of schools, hospitals, agriculture and sanitation.

Making the award, Mayor Councillor Ahmed Adam Omer, praised the company as "a pillar of our community" and said: "It's great to see an African business thriving and having such a huge impact throughout the UK and internationally."

Abdirashid Duale, CEO (pictured left) said: "We are honoured to receive the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Award for excellence and it underlines our commitment to trust and community responsibility.

"We are extremely proud of our corporate citizenship philosophy and will continue to work on improving our initiatives and develop new ones."

Dahabshiil, whose headquarter are in Cavell Street, employs more than 2,000 people across 144 countries and has provided money transfer and cash facilitation for some of the world's leading international aid agencies.

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