Britain will honour Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and Formula one racing driver Lewis Hamilton for their contribution to the diversity agenda. Shetty will be presented with the Global Diversity Award- 2008 at a glittering gala at the Riverbank Park Plaza hotel hosted by the Next Steps Foundation, on July 1.
Shilpa rose to fame last year after she was subjected to racist remarks and subsequent humiliation by some participants in the popular television reality show Big Brother. She was praised universally for showing restraint and handling the issue with poise and dignity.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Any Burnham will be prominent among the 500 attending the event. The event will highlight the European Year of Intercultural dialogue, an EU Commission initiative that invites EU nations to celebrate diversity in Europe.