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Junior Chamber seek new members
An award-winning Keighley-born inventor, who was named one of the world’s top ten young women in 2010, is to help breathe new life into the Bradford arm of a professional development body for people aged between 18 and 40.
Emily Cummins, originally from Cross Hills, will be the keynote speaker at a relaunch event for Bradford’s Junior Chamber International (JCI) next week along with JCI UK president Emima Eastwood.
Emily, who was crowned one of the UK’s women of the year in 2009 and the following year was awarded the world title at an international JCI convention after being nominated by Bradford JCI activist Philip Cavalier-Lumley, was recognised for inventing a solar-powered fridge which is increasingly being used in developing countries.
Mr Cavalier-Lumley, immediate past president of Bradford JCI, wants to attract new blood to the local branch, which currently has only ten active members.
He said: “Through JCI, people have the opportunity to develop their personal skills, help the community and boost their careers by stretching the boundaries of what they can achieve.
“If we can recruit more members, we could to do so much more to help Bradford. Our annual Secret Santa appeal, which has been running for 24 years and collects more than 3,000 parcels for needy children, is our main activity at present and is recognised as the best of its kind.
“I’d like to see local employers encouraging their people to join JCI as the personal development experience it provides can be transferred to their workplace and be of real benefit to companies.”
The JCI relaunch event is on Monday, March 25, at 6.30pm at the Midland hotel. To register online, visit jcibradford.eventbrite.com, or call Philip Cavalier-Lumley on 07833 454253.