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Muslim Woman Named Buxton Young Citizen of the Year

Naimah Kadar was nominated for the Young Citizen of the Year award by Buxton Rotary after the group heard her speak about her passion for outdoor adventures.

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Muslim Woman Named Buxton Young Citizen of the Year

Muslim Woman Named Buxton Young Citizen of the Year

Kim Priestley from Buxton Rotary shared the story, saying, “Buxton Rotary nominated Naimah after hearing her and the Head of Youth and Community at Lindley Educational Trust’s Hollowford Centre in Castleton talk at one of our meetings.

We were impressed by her personal achievements and accomplishments but also her enthusiasm and the obvious enjoyment she got from undertaking her outdoor adventures. Hopefully, Naimah’s example will see more Asians, Muslims, and young girls wanting to experience and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.”

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Naimah’s journey into the outdoors began with hiking trips with her father, which she initially didn’t enjoy. However, over time, she developed a love for adventurous activities. In February 2023, she served as a young leader on a week-long winter skills adventure to the Cairngorms, teaching outdoor skills to young people from her community.

In August 2023, Naimah joined a group of young people to climb Mount Toubkal in Morocco, describing the experience as “an incredible but daunting trip.” Despite being close in age to many in the group, she consistently encouraged and uplifted her peers. Most recently, in January 2024, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity.

Kim highlighted Naimah’s inspiring impact: “Naimah pushes herself to do something outside her comfort zone but alongside her own self-development and confidence-building, her example proves that those of an Asian background, particularly young Muslim girls and women, can enjoy the beautiful British countryside through activities that are good for both their physical and mental health.

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Naimah is now an enthusiastic advocate for the outdoors and an excellent role model for other young people, a great example of a Rotary young citizen.”

Naimah was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year title at a special ceremony in Alcester, Warwickshire, at the end of April, where she was supported by her family and Buxton Rotary members. Additionally, she received £250 for her chosen charity, the Lindley Educational Trust.