Yaseen Ebrahim, was one of 70 UNICEF UK flagbearers at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay launch. Read his story.

Tuesday 8 October

It’s the day before the baton relay and knowing that I will be involved in carrying and representing my country of heritage at the Queen’s Baton Relay is truly one of the proudest moments of my life.

I feel fortunate as well as excited that I will stand behind The Queen as she places her message to the Commonwealth into the baton. I also feel a little nervous that I will walk down The Mall with Sir Chris Hoy as the whole world watches. I am looking forward to meeting the UNICEF Youth Ambassador Monica and Sir Chris Hoy, an Olympic Gold Medalist.

Representing Tanzania and South Africa as a UNICEF flag bearer means a great deal to me because they are my countries of heritage. My parents, family and friends from both countries will be so proud about what I have achieved. Being back at Buckingham Palace, since I did my fundraising jog from Hounslow to Big Ben will be amazing; this is because it reminds me of the 22 mile journey I did to raise money for charity.

Here I am meeting children at a community centre I visited in South Africa ©Yaseen Ebrahim

When I visited the community centre in South Africa, I took along UNICEF t-shirts to give to the children © Yaseen Ebrahim

Here I am meeting children at a community centre I visited in South Africa ©Yaseen Ebrahim When I visited the community centre in South Africa, I took along UNICEF t-shirts to give to the children © Yaseen Ebrahim

Thursday 10 October

Yesterday I was privileged enough to become one of the flag bearers for my country of heritage Tanzania. I was honoured to meet Monica, the Youth Ambassador for UNICEF who was quite inspiring.  I was thrilled to meet Sir Chris Hoy, as he’s the British Olympic Gold Medalist for the cycling team.

I walked down the Mall towards Marlborough House, following Sir Chris Hoy and the relay team. From doing the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award I was pleased to meet The Queen and her husband Prince Phillip who is the Duke of Edinburgh.

Me with the South African flag at the baton relay © Yaseen Ebrahim

The Queen put her message in the baton before passing it on to UNICEF Youth Ambassador Monica to start it's journey. © Yaseen Ebrahim

Me with the South African flag at the baton relay © Yaseen Ebrahim The Queen put her message in the baton before passing it on to UNICEF Youth Ambassador Monica to start it’s journey. © Yaseen Some of my fellow flag bearers and i were excited to meet UNICEF UK Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy on the day © Yaseen Ebrahim

Some of my fellow flag bearers and i were excited to meet UNICEF UK Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy on the day © Yaseen Ebrahim

I would just like to say many thanks to UNICEF for giving me this fantastic once in lifetime opportunity to witness the Queen placing her message into the baton for the Commonwealth countries.  Sport has inspired many young people, uniting the global community as one through events such as the Football World Cup, Olympics and of course the Commonwealth Games.

Here I am with some UNICEF UK staff after the baton relay © Yaseen Ebrahim

Here I am with some UNICEF UK staff after the baton relay © Yaseen Ebrahim