Q&A: Fundraiser Emdad Rahman

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 October 2017


Cricket club chairman and volunteer Emdad Rahman is fiercely proud of his borough. He is keen to celebrate community heroes and champion the history of the borough but feels greater focus on tackling crime should be a priority.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have been a resident since 2006.

I am the very proud chairman of Scintilla Cricket Club - a local team with amazing accomplishments which have put the borough further in the limelight.

I am also the homeless soup kitchen co-ordinator for the Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau. These roles are voluntary and give me great satisfaction serving and knowing that we are making a difference.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The diversity is tremendous and the sense of community spirit is excellent. Everybody tries their best to get on whether they are old or new. There’s lots of exciting new things and developments taking place and the community are involved. We have great heritage, history and also recognised as a sporting hotbed.

What one thing would you change?

I would ensure that the borough hosts two cricket teams in equal measure.

Use three words to describe the area?

Growing, passionate, together.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

I have met so many inspiring people but Sir Roger Bannister features very highly. Legendary heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis was amazing. David Haye was a class act along with Kumar Sangakkara and John Barnes.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

• Free education until completion of degree

• Free medical care for every national

• Free school meals all round and an effective strategy to tackle homelessness, crime, child poverty

• Better focus on care for the elderly

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would focus greatly on crime, highlighting the impact and holding the relevant people to account. I would also dedicate space to the arts, sporting excellence and young peoples achievements. I’d introduce a community heroes and history section.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Yesterday, 18:03

Daggers boss has no complaints over 32nd minute dismissal of defender against Robins

Yesterday, 16:56

Vanarama National league: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Wrexham 1 (Robson o.g. 90+3)

As a local GP I know only too well the pressures that the NHS faces both here and across the country at the moment.

Hammers boss Bilic back under pressure as his team put in pitiful performance

Fri, 17:52

A Chadwell Heath drug baron who channelled £250,000 crack cocaine and heroin from London onto the sleepy streets of Great Yarmouth was jailed for eight years at Snaresbrook Crown Court today.

Fri, 16:46

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now