The portrait of the co-founder of Midland Langar Seva Society will serve as an inspiration to the community
Midland Langar Seva Society, the inspirational charity started by Randhir Singh Heer and Parmjit Singh Bahyia to feed Birmingham’s homeless, has been celebrated with the unveiling of a unique portrait of Randhir created by Title, Wingy and Kem from the leading street art collective Graffiti Kings. Randhir has already won the Pride of Birmingham 2017 TSB Community Partner Award and has now been further honoured by TSB with his portrait sitting proudly on the streets of his home town.
Midland Langar Seva Society’s open kitchens offer food to ‘all and everyone’ every night of the week in towns and cities across Britain. Randhir’s portrait will instil and encapsulate the huge amount of pride that the local community feel towards him. Randhir commented: “It’s a team effort what we do at the Midland Langar Seva Society, and even though it’s me on the picture I hope people see it’s how we work together in the local community that’s important.”
TSB commissioned the world-renowned Graffiti Kings to complete the billboard-sized artwork of Randhir as a way of going beyond just giving an award. Dawn Megginson, Area Director for TSB West Midlands said: “Randhir deserves to be acknowledged in this way as the winner of the TSB Community Partner Award and hopefully others will be inspired to help their local community when they see this artwork.”
The inspirational billboard was revealed to Randhir, his family and his friends, along with a surprise donation from TSB for £10,000. Having already raised £40,000 of a £50,000 target, the TSB funds mean the Midland Langar Seva Society can complete the renovations to turn a 40ft mobile library into a mobile kitchen. This means being able to take a fully equipped kitchen wherever it’s needed.
Speaking at the event, Randhir said: “I still can't quite believe this. Three years ago when we set up Midland Langar Seva Society, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself and our organisation would end up on a giant billboard.
"When I told my wife, she said ‘no way’, she couldn't believe it. I'm still pinching myself.
“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has been involved in making this happen.”
This unique piece of street art will remain on display for all to see and feel inspired by at 32-34 Hill Street, B5 4AN.