North East UK news Tribute as founding member of Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council dies aged 89 PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Tributes have been paid to Ved Prakash Venayak, one of the founding members of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council, who died on May 10

North East UK news Tribute as founding member of Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council dies aged 89 PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Tributes have been paid to Ved Prakash Venayak, one of the founding members of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council, who died on May 10

North East UK news  Tribute as founding member of Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council dies aged 89 PremierLeague-News.Com
15 May 2021 - 08:17

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tributes have been paid to one of the first members of the region's Indian community who has died, aged 89. Ved Prakash Venayak, from Wideopen, was one of the founding members of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council (TWREC). He has been described as a selfless, kind and generous person who would go out of his way to help people settle into a new community. And today his friend, Dr Hari Shukla, and the Marie Curie charity Ved supported paid tribute to him, following his death on May 10. Dr Shukla said: "Ved will be sadly missed by his family and friends but will be fondly remembered for his selflessness, kindness, generosity and vital contribution to the wellbeing of our region. Dr Shukla added: "When I moved to the North East in 1974, Ved was the first people I met and I stayed with him until I found proper accommodation. "Being one of the first Indians to settle in the North East, he went out of his way to help new communities to settle in the region and offered them a hand of friendship. "He was committed to good community relations and encouraged people settling in the area to establish good working relationships with local people." Ved Prakash Venayak was one of the founding members of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council (TWREC) (Image: handout) Dr Shukla, a race relations campaigner, explained that Ved was "instrumental" in helping people from ethnic minority communities to play a part in supporting the local community. And as a result, people from diverse backgrounds are making a positive contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of the region. During Ved's leading role on the TWREC Executive Committee, he helped to develop a policy for race equality in the North East and establish partnerships with institutions in the region. He developed relationships with leaders of other ethnic minority communities and promoted respect and harmony amongst diverse communities in the area. Dr Shukla added: "Being a Hindu, Ved had a great deal of respect for people all of faiths and he worked hard to promote community cohesion in the region. "He was also a founder member of the Indian Association which played a vital role in promoting Indian values amongst its members and encouraged participation in voluntary, charitable and worthy causes that improved the lives of people who were vulnerable and marginalised.

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