Rambling presidents setting precedents
The Blind Adventurer Amar Latif has been appointed President of Ramblers, Britain’s leading walking charity, founded to keep the countryside open to all.
Born in the UK, with West Indies heritage, Mr Latif (pictured below) is a TV presenter and traveller who lost 95 per cent of his sight by the age of 18. He is keen to promote walking as a way to help improve healthy lives and reduce the 19-year life expectancy between the most and least affluent in the country.
Mr Latif said: “I want to help inspire people, irrespective of their background or ability, to embrace the endless natural beauty of our country and improve their health and wellbeing.”
He will lead the Ramblers’ campaign for the Freedom to Roam to be expanded.
The devolved council, Ramblers Scotland, has also announced a new honorary president, Zahrah Mahmood (above).
Zahrah, from Glasgow, is passionate about walking and the great outdoors and is often seen walking with her young son Harris on her popular lnstagram page.
She said: “I’m determined to use my presidency over the next three years to diversify representation, break down barriers and help even more people get outdoors. It’s something close to my heart and I can’t wait to get started.”
Find out more about Amar Latif at amarlatif.com and you can follow Zahrah’s adventures on lnstagram at @the_hillwalking_hijabi. Visit ramblers.org.uk for more