Leadership Award 2008/2009
Leadership Award winners Rama and Sujata Bhalla won for giving more than £1.5 million of surplus stock from businesses to a total of 150,000 people since setting up their charity Konnect9 eight years ago. The sisters donated their prize to their new, expanded online service www.givingworldonline.com with both charities taking new, good quality surplus goods from UK businesses, preventing them going to landfill, and giving them to disadvantaged people and community and voluntary groups in Leicestershire and beyond. Most is used locally in the East Midlands but some has gone to needy people overseas. They have sent furniture to hospitals in India and Armenia and sent 60 computers to disabled children in Bulgaria. The goods include large amounts of medical equipment which helps save lives.