We were so excited to launch our first ever Annual Charity Gala in 2020 to raise funds for local charities such as Strathcarron Hospice. Continued restrictions led to us postponing the Gala until next year but we are still announcing our three ‘Making It Count’ recipients in our latest issue.
We featured Stenhousemuir couple, Asiyah and Jawad Javed in our Local Heroes issue for everything they do to help not only the community but people across the world! Many people brought their story forward to us and that is why they are one of the recipients of our ‘Making It Count Awards’.
Asiyah and Jawad Javed have owned and operated Day-Today Express in Stenhousemuir for three years and the couple have always helped not only their customers but also the wider community.
They received global press pubilcity for their COVID-19 kits for their elderly customers but this isn’t the first time they’vehelped the vulnerable. In 2018, during the “Beast from the East” they personally delivered milk and bread to their elderly customers.
They were aware of thestockpiling during that crisis and as soon as COVID-19 became a threat they knew it was time to help again. They bought as many supplies as possible before the lockdown so that they could supply those in need. Asiyah explains she knew that there would be stockpiling again, and it was the elderly who would lose out. The couple began handing out free COVID-19 kits consisting of face masks, hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes. These were made available to the vulnerable in the shop and they also personally delivered them. They handed out over 1,000 of these.
Their mission was that no one would go without during this difficult time. They have given out over 900 baby milks and baby food to families in need. Not only are did they give away essentials, but they made Fake-Away McDonalds for children, and handed out hundreds of Easter eggs to children over the Easter weekend. They also made sure the health and care services don’t go without. They delivered over 10,000 PPE masks to health care workers. The couple spent over £10,000 of their personal money on these community projects.
Asiyah and Jawed have personally changed thousands and thousands of lives during this crisis. They simply wouldn’t have a person go without. It’s important for us all to support small businesses like theirs. Asiyah and Jawed have cared for their neighbours, their community, and anyone that needed them.