Dr. Zahid Chauhan, a British-Pakistani doctor, has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
In recognition of his services for the homeless people, Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, conferred OBE on Dr. Zahid.
OBE is the second-highest award of Britain and is awarded to people who render tremendous services in arts, science, and community work.
Dr. Zahid Chauhan, who hails from Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, while recalling the incident that sparked his interest in looking after the homeless, said:
I met a homeless man who was pulling out his own teeth with a pair of pliers in order to relieve severe dental pain. Since that day, I have been striving hard to ensure homeless people are provided necessary healthcare services.
Dr. Zahid Chauhan thanked his family and colleagues for unwavering support throughout this journey:
I think when you receive an award of this magnitude, you are always indebted to those who have backed you – and never more than in this case. My supportive family, colleagues within the health and social care and the community have been so encouraging.
Dr. Zahid Chauhan is also the founder of ‘Homeless-Friendly’ a leading British not-for-profit social enterprise with expertise and experience in the voluntary, public and private sectors. Homeless-Friendly rewards organizations that pledge to revisit their procedures and remove barriers in helping the homeless.
Via: Bolton News