Camley Street Natural Park – inter-faith volunteering on Mitzvah Day

This handy report sent in by journalism student Joe Curtis: Camley Street pic

Families of different religions joined together to celebrate Mitzvah Day at a King’s Cross park last Sunday.

Jewish, Christian and Hindu families took part in a conservation project at Camley St Natural Park, building bird boxes and clearing ponds in a bid to give back to their community.

The Jewish annual event also aimed to create stronger ties between the religions, which it wants to bring closer together.

Parents and teenagers chopped trees and cleared bushes, while young children ran around fetching teas and coffees for the chilly workers.

“I really enjoyed today,” said Jenni Goldstein, 9. “I’ve made loads of new friends.”

Her mother, Claire Goldstein, 37, said “My husband and I have met more Hindus today than we probably have our entire lives. It’s a great opportunity to mix with each other and give something back.”

Nearly 100 volunteers came from the area gave their time to the event, part of a much-needed conservation project for Camley St.

A spokesman for the park said: “We are so surprised at the amazing turnout – so many people wanted to help! Places like this really rely on the support of local people.”

“Today is a brilliant occasion where communities are really reaching out, getting out into the street and establishing good friendships,” said the Chief Rabbi at the event.

“What is particularly powerful for me is the way the Hindu and Christian communities have really come together in this shared project.”

Also in attendance were actress Maureen Lipman and children’s author Anthony Horowitz.

“I’m amazed by what I see,” said Mrs Lipman. “Everybody’s sort of shovelling in together.”

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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