Top 20 Under 20™is a national youth awards program presented by Youth in Motion and sponsored by Intact Foundation (formerly ING Foundation), Bell Canada, CTVglobemedia, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and many other organizations and corporations who believe in youth as the future of this country.
At the age of 17, Abid Virani co-founded Student Reach International (SRI) to provide opportunities for students to make contributions to the global community. Since then, SRI has raised over $50,000 for various causes including HIV/AIDS, women’s empowerment and education. Abid’s focus today is Reach Lesotho, an academic and leadership program that is producing a documentary with a creed that youth can make an impact. Abid enjoys writing and is working on a book that he hopes will be titled, “Finding Hope.” After a profoundly moving visit with Abid to the Tsepong HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho, where they witnessed the impact of SRI, Mayor Brenda Halloran of Waterloo expresses her firm belief that Abid is “not only an agent for change, but… a catalyst for a movement of global citizenship”.