In October, Rise Awards held an award ceremony to celebrate the efforts of some individuals that have been instrumental to the growth of Bristol.
Rise Awards was created by Sandra Gordon and Lynn Mareno. It is a social initiative that is focused on heralding the achievements of the Black and Minority Ethnic residents in Bristol and their contribution to the city’s development.
At the award ceremony last month, nine people were recognized and presented with awards for the success demonstrated in their different fields. Here are some of Bristol’s finest worthy of note:
Olive Osbourne received the Rise Recognition Award for her many years of charity and unrepentant activism in Bristol. She has been known to take care of homeless people and establish hostels for them. Ms Osbourne has won many awards that tell of her continuous commitment to help the less privilege in the society. Her contributions over the years has earned her respect and recognition in Bristol communities and across England.
The Mayor’s Recognition Award went to May Tanner, who is the first black nurse in Bristol Royal’s Infirmary. Ms Tanner faced a lot of discrimination for many decades as a nurse in Bristol. In spite of all the opposition she faced, she received a number of nursing medals.
Barbara Dettering received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her efforts in helping others overcome prejudice.
Keri Andriana won the Entrepreneur Award for her fast rise in the fashion industry. She started making handbags after she learnt through YouTube videos and in just a year, she has developed many designs that have been featured in top fashion magazines and shows.
Charmaine Lawrence is the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Charmaine is a music artist and founder of Mogul Minded Group & N9NE Cosmetics. She has been known to organize campaigns and events for charity and small business outfits. Though young, Charmaine continues to inspire her peers and epitomizes the tagline used in her “Make it Worth it” campaign; ‘Do not let where you’re coming from determine where you are going.’
Lawrence Hoo, a poet who employs his words to impact his community received the Arts and Community Entertainment Award.
The Contribution to Community Award went to Ras Bandele Selassie. A respected Rastafari priest, he is known to mentor a lot of the youth in Bristol’s African Caribbean Youth Community.
Roger Moore was the recipient of the New Business of the Year award for his successful contribution to the food industry.
The Business of the Year award went to Chef Peter of the Caribbean Croft Restaurant. The outfit won Rise Awards’ New Business of the Year in 2017 and has since grown into a much sought after diner for Jamaican cuisine and cocktails.