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Clean-Up of Local Park
Sunday 5 October 2014

Over 60 children from The Swaminarayan Sunday School at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir teamed up with volunteers from BAPS Charities to collect litter from Gibbons Recreational Park opposite the Mandir on Sunday 5 October 2014.

The event was part of BAPS Charities’ commitment to ‘Sewa Day’ – an initiative where “thousands of good-hearted people across the world come together to perform Sewa (an act of kindness without expectation of reward) and experience the joy of giving in its truest sense.”

The importance of sewa and caring for the environment was explained to the children during classes at the Sunday school.

The children, aged between 8 and 14, enthusiastically collected rubbish for three hours and filled ten large sacks with the help of adult supervisors. Aluminium cans that were found in the park were retained for recycling.

Raahi Patel, 12, said, “It was good to do something fun and help improve the park where so many people play and enjoy. I was surprised to find so much litter there… It feels really good to make it better.”

The Mandir is committed to working towards a cleaner environment for the local neighbourhood. Other recent projects have included the ‘Big Tidy Up’ in Brent, a clean-up of the Brent Feeder Canal, and recycling clothes as part of Climate Week.

To learn more about Sewa Day, please click here.

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