Anjool Maldé Trust awards announced on second anniversary

Awards and initiatives are announced for 2011 on behalf of the Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust (AMMT) ahead of the second anniversary of his untimely death...

Jools, as his friends knew him, was a 24-year-old City of London-based stockbroker with an extraordinary passion for life.

Heading the list of bright, new initiatives for 2011 is the inaugural launch at Anjool's former university - St Peter's College, Oxford - of the Anjool Maldé Scholarship worth an annual £1,000 which is made possible by an endowment received from a prominent group of Anjool’s work colleagues.

Marking the college's 50th anniversary celebrations, Anjool's trust has committed a further £1,000 for this inaugural year. The scholarship will reward scholars who demonstrate exceptional quality of talent with character.

Mark Damazer CBE, Master of St Peter's College said: "It is a pleasure for the college to remember Anjool in this special way. He is fondly remembered by the college and contemporaries. These awards are a fitting legacy”.

Another new initiative is the AMMT (www.anjool.org) Fellowship in association with Enternships.com, to provide one lucky student the chance to become the inaugural AMMT Fellow. The Fellow will win £1,000 and a month's work experience with Rajeeb Dey, CEO of Enternships.com and Co-Founder of StartUp Britain - a new national initiative to promote entrepreneurship launched by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year.

Co-hosting the award, Rajeeb Dey said: "The Fellowship will encapsulate Jools’ love of enterprise, journalism and event-organising. Entries will open on 1st July and close on Friday 15th July: http://www.enternships.com/AMMTFellowship

The Excellence in Student Journalism Awards with a £500 prize pot are available to student journalists in Oxford.The 2011 winners were announced as Beth McKernan from Cherwell (St Anne’s) and the Oxford Student winners were Elizabeth Porter (the St John’s) with James Rothwell (Wadham) as runner-up.

Receiving her award, Beth McKernan said:  “I am absolutely thrilled to win the Anjool Award. I hope that the scheme continues to expand over the coming years, it's a fantastic initiative”.

Following the Trust’s acclaim of Anjlee Desai as the 2010 AMMT Musical Talent of the Year, Mary at Midnight was declared as the 2011 winner. Kiran Hungin (stage name: Mary at Midnight, www.maryatmidnight.com) draws on western and Indian influences to shape and inspire her music.

Kiran said: “I am very honoured to be recognised by the trust and extremely grateful to all those who have worked hard to make this happen. Anjool with his studio set-up and playing for the love and passion of it was a great example of what music is all about”. 

Anjlee Desai, last year’s winner of the same award has been busy since performing at Anjool’s Memorial Concert last year with his favourite song ‘Hallelujah’. Collaborating with young rapper LINC, she featured on the track ''MARS'' which was recently added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist as well as perform at the Radio1 Big Weekend with him (Carlisle, 15 May 2011). She has been recording and song-writing and her new material is set for release in September.

As the 2011 Remembrance event for Jools, his supporters are adopting ‘Asia Rocks!’ with an exciting line-up of acts. Asia Rocks! is the Asian Music Circuit’s flagship 20th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 September: (http://www.amc.org.uk/asian-music-concerts/asia-rocks-0).

Anjool’s Memorial Concert last year - put together by friends and co-hosted by Rishi Rich Productions and Tiffinbeats - yielded over £1,500 for his trust. Helen Tucker’s 10km Tees Valley charity run in September raised nearly £1,500. This year, Melissa Holloway is planning to take part on 11 September in the Wessex 100-mile charity bike ride for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the AMMT.

Melissa said: "I valued Jools' friendship deeply. I want to help his trust to encourage young people who share his interests and values to develop their capabilities to the highest standard".

Bharat, Anjool’s father and trustee said: “We are grateful to all the many friends and well-wishers who help tirelessly with carrying on Anjool’s legacy and for the generous donations from so many sources. We are proud to lend our support to the Asia Rocks! Concert that Anjool’s friends will be attending from as far away as San Francisco, Dubai and Hong Kong! We whole-heartedly join the campaign to keep the AMC’s excellent work protected from the Arts Council cutbacks and urge everyone to visit the AMC’s wonderful Museum of Asian Music and to attend ‘Asia Rocks!’ on 18 September at the RAH”. We extend warm congratulations and best wishes to all the worthy beneficiaries of the Anjool Awards”.