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Young Redbridge volunteers donate their time to care for the vulnerable for Mitzvah Day

PUBLISHED: 15:14 08 November 2016

Mitzvah Day volunteers at a Holocaust survivors tea, including Jacob Foreman, 27, from Gants Hill.

Mitzvah Day volunteers at a Holocaust survivors tea, including Jacob Foreman, 27, from Gants Hill.

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Kind-hearted young professionals donated their time to support vulnerable and older people, including Holocaust survivors at a special tea and dance on Sunday.

Volunteer Jacob Foreman, 27, from Gants Hill, at the Mitzvah Day Sunday tea. Picture: Jewish CareVolunteer Jacob Foreman, 27, from Gants Hill, at the Mitzvah Day Sunday tea. Picture: Jewish Care

Mitzvah Day project coordinator, Jacob Foreman, 27, from Gants Hill, said the event further went to prove that young people cared much about their community.

This year’s first Mitzvah Day Active event took place at Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus, Golders Green, Barnet and was attended by more than 90 people.

Mr Foreman said: “We always hear that young people are more selfish these days, too engrossed in smartphones and selfies and not the world around them.

“Mitzvah Day Active sets out to prove that the opposite is true, that young adults do want to give their time to make a difference to the community around them.”

The event saw 15 young professionals dancing with and serving drinks to older people including Holocaust survivors.

“I got to meet so many amazing people at the Sunday tea, hearing incredible stories and being dragged up onto the dance floor time and again,” continued Mr Foreman.

The volunteering group was led by 32-year-old Simon Murray, from Borehamwood.

“There was such a great party atmosphere and we loved chatting, singing and dancing together with the older people,” he said.

“I certainly slept well on Sunday night. The tea embodied the Mitzvah Day theme of bringing people together and it’s a great chance to experience first-hand the feel-good factor of getting involved in social action.”

The event is one of a series leading up to Mitzvah Day, on Sunday, November 27 where more than 40,000 volunteers in 20 countries will donate their time.


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