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A formerly homeless man who co-founded an interfaith group creating bonds between Jews and Muslims is among London’s “unsung heroes” for a Faith and Belief Community Award. Lewisham resident, Mfa Zaman, 30, who was a London Ambassador at the Olympics in 2012, was homeless himself before setting up a charity to feed those in the capital like him. He later co-founded Community of Jews and Muslims. His is one of the 40 projects up for an award at the ceremony being held at the Royal Society of Medicine, with each winner bagging £500. “The Awards are a wonderful demonstration of what people motivated by their faith or belief can achieve for this city,” said Jewish philanthropist David Dangoor, who chairs the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith. The Awards recognise Londoners serving their communities and bringing people of different faiths together, and are the initiative of the Faith and Belief Forum, whose director Phil Champain said nominees were those quietly working behind the scenes on London’s socio-economic challenges.