Raja Amir Dad Khan, Honorary Burgess, who has lived and worked in High Wycombe for over 40 years, was born in Sohawa, District Jhelum, Pakistan. He graduated from Karachi University, and arrived in the UK in 1962. He has been an active member of the community right from the beginning, member of the High Wycombe Mosque Committee from 1965 to 1980, was the chairman when the first Mosque at Jubilee Road was planned and arrangements were made to teach Urdu and Arabic to Muslim children, served as a co-opted governor, at Oakridge County First School and was a WDC representative on the governing body of Castle-field Combined School.
Raja Amir Dad has served on the Executive Committee of the Wycombe Race Equality Council. He is a founding member, and has also been the secretary of Wycombe Muslim Parents Association, helping to ensure that young children do have some moral input and do not become victims of the’ easy money' culture.
He is a founding member of Wycombe Humdard* Foundation, a self help bereavement society which provides practical help, (financial and admin) if there is a death in the family. Raja Amir Dad has actively raised funds for various charities and is also Chairman of the Pakistan Forum, High Wycombe.
He has been a pioneer correspondent of the Bucks Free Press, commenting on Muslim and Asian areas of interest and jointly produced and presented a much loved and valued weekly Urdu language programme on Wycombe’s local Radio 1170AM for over 5 years.
Mr Raja is a member of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College Ethnic Consultative Forum and is also involved with a social welfare project in the field of Health and Education in Pakistan.
Raja Amir Dad was awarded the status of an Honorary Burgess of the Town of High Wycombe in January 2004, by the Charter Trustees of High Wycombe (Members of Wycombe District Council who represent wards within the town boundaries) for his valuable services.
*Humdard is an Urdu word meaning one who cares or shares the pain.