Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Billboards Celebrate Heroes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Billboards Celebrate Heroes

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EYE-CATCHING billboards celebrating Newcastle's diverse spirit have started appearing across the city.

If you're out and about on Northumberland Street, among other city centre locations, you're likely to come face to face with these nine 'local heroes'.

The posters are part of Newcastle's Together We Are Stronger campaign, which aims to tackle extreme and divisive views by celebrating the city's diversity and the things that bring us together.

They direct people to a page on the council website where they can watch videos of our nine local heroes talking about what it means to be from Newcastle, their pride in the city and their efforts to help their communities.

The campaign, which is a collaboration between Safe Newcastle and the UK Government's Building a Stronger Britain Together programme, aims to "stand against extremism in all its forms".

The nine people described on the right are featured in the campaign.

ALLY ALI Ally moved to Newcastle from Somalia in 2012. Initially unable to speak English, he approached a group of young people playing football nearby to get involved. This led to him joining the Newcastle United Foundation Kicks programme. Now, aged just 19, Ally is a coach at the foundation and a flag-bearer at St James' Park.

ELIZABETH WILSON HALLIDAY Elizabeth has lived in Newcastle all her life. Her efforts to help bring members of the community together, particularly the older generations and those who are isolated or lonely, has led to her becoming chair of the Shieldfield Community Forum Cafe; at the very centre of the neighbourhood in which she lives.

GILL MINTO In 2015, Gill, who has lived in Newcastle all her life, started a campaign to help care for homeless and vulnerable women in the North East. The community project specialises in ensuring the women get sanitary products and hygiene essentials. Gill now has more than 70 volunteers across the North East.

DR HARI SHUKLA A well-known figure in the North East, Dr Shukla was recently awarded a CBE for his services to interfaith relationships and the community in Tyne and Wear. …

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