Prime Minister encourages people to get involved
by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-11-05
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister along with the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband have shown their support to the annual Mitzvah Day, the annual Jewish comunity's national day of volunteering.
This year more than 25,000 people from over 280 synagogues, charities and other Jewish and other faith groups are expected to take part to help others on Sunday 18th November.
"Mitzvah day is a fantastic example of people coming together for the good of their community which is why last year I was pleased to present them with a Big Society Award," said Prime Minister David Cameron. I was really impressed by their results with projects all around the country benefitting from the support of volunteers who gave up 50,000 hours of their time."
Cameron added: "This year Mitzvah day is forming part of A Year of Service highlighting the many community initiatives put on by people of all faiths. This great idea is joining together communities right across the UK with over 160 events taking place this year and I would encourage anyone who can to get involved."
Labour Leader Ed Miliband said: “On Mitzvah day, thousands of people will be doing just that. Whether cooking for the homeless, planting a tree, painting a school, helping to clean a cemetery, or making a menorah out of recycled waste, volunteers will be demonstrating their commitment to our shared life together. It’s through thousands of small actions that we build our families and our communities."
Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, added: "Mitzvah day is nothing short of inspirational. The Jewish values of tikkun olam, tzedek and gemilut chassadim bring people of all faiths, from all across the world together to work side by side and make a difference in their local communities."