Good deeds day volunteers cleans up parks

1:20pm Wednesday 24th November 2010

By Suruchi Sharma

TWO community clean-ups in parks in the area took place for Interfaith Week this week.

Members of the Hindu temple at Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Hilfield Lane, Letchmore Heath, organised two clean-ups for Seva Day on Sunday to coincide with the Jewish good deeds day, called Mitzvah Day.

About 100 volunteers from different faiths attended the events in Parkfields, in Elstree, and Maxwell Hillside Park, in Borehamwood.

Volunteers were provided with a high visibility jacket, gloves and a litter picker by the manor to help collect rubbish.

Bhaktivedanta Manor president Srutidharma das said: “Whatever name you call it by, Seva or Mitzvah, the essence is selfless community service."

Councillor Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, said: "The clean-up day was successful in both parks this year.

“We are always trying to improve our parks and try to keep them as clean and safe for people to visit as possible. This event simply strengthened our parks maintenance work that takes place on a regular basis."

A similar event also took place at the Woodcock Hill Village Green, near Carrington Avenue, in Borehamwood, for Mitzvah Day.

About 30 children and adults from Jewish and Hindu faiths attended the community event with Councillor Sandra Parnell and Councillor Pat Strack who organused the event.

Cllr Parnell said: "It was great. Everyone was smiling and interacting. It was very cold but very enjoyable.”


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