Syed promotes the message of unity in the community

Syed Haque
Syed Haque
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Syed Haque represents minority groups from all walks of life - and that’s why he’s this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

Syed, of Kingston Road, Buckland, volunteers for many groups including the Bangladeshi Welfare Association, plus he is acting president of Portsmouth Interfaith Forum and the Portsmouth Racial Equality Network Organisation.

He was recently voted president of the Portsmouth Lions club for the second time – a first in the club’s history.

He was nominated for his We Can Do It award by fellow Lions member James McGregor.

But 69-year-old Syed takes the nomination in his stride.

He said: ‘I would like to say thank you to James for nominating me, but I don’t think I do anything special. I just like to be involved in community events because I like to do things that benefit the whole community.

‘It doesn’t matter about people’s backgrounds, we should all live together peacefully.

‘I want to see better integration in the city as well as the country.

‘And if people cannot speak up for themselves then I like to make sure their voices get heard.’

Syed has also set up the Syed A. Haque Family Foundation, which is a charity that fundraises for his native Habiganj District, in Bangladesh. It is this year’s charity for the Portsmouth Lions, and money raised will go towards funding scholarships for students in the area.