Sep 04 2012

Harrow prepares to celebrate Sewa day

Harrow residents will join with volunteers from around the country to take part in Sewa Day this October – the annual, international day of selfless service.

Throughout the country people will take part in community activities on Sunday 7th October 2012 as part of the international day of ‘giving.’ Through undertaking these projects, volunteers will seek to make a difference to their community by fulfilling the duty of ‘Sewa’; a universal concept which involves performing an act of kindness without expecting a personal gain.

Harrow Council supports volunteering in the borough and is happy to promote this international day of community giving.

Cllr David Perry, Portfolio Holder for Community and Cultural Services, Harrow Council said: “The concept of this day of ‘service’ to the local community fits with our aims of encouraging volunteering and I am very pleased to endorse this initiative. In Harrow we have a strong tradition of volunteering and have a very active voluntary, community and faith sector. Sewa day encourages people to make a difference in their community, to take time out to do something for others and this can only be a good thing for us all.”

In 2011, over 15,000 volunteers took part in Sewa Day in the UK and internationally as the initiative expanded into 15 other countries ranging from Indonesia to the United States of America.

Arup Ganguly, chairman of Sewa Day said: “The commitment from Harrow Council to endorse Sewa Day supports our on-going pledge to ensure as many people volunteer on Sewa Day 2012. We want as many people to participate on projects whether it’s helping the homeless or working at an old people’s home. We look forward to developing a long term relationship with the leaders from Harrow Council who wholeheartedly understand the real difference volunteering can make in a community. Through engaging with their community, volunteers from Harrow, along with many other thousands will strengthen community links. Sewa Day brings together the community especially by bridging the gap between young and old. We believe we all have a responsibility to help the communities we individually benefit from being part of. Through taking out a little time and commitment, the people of Harrow can change things for the better”.

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