Volunteers spread love and kindess in Rugby as part of Sewa day of giving

Volunteers spread kindness.
Volunteers spread kindness.
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More than 50 community-hearted volunteers in Rugby took part in the international Sewa Day event.

Sewa Day is a day where people come together to experience the joy of giving (Sewa) in its truest sense.

The idea is to perform an act of kindness without expectation of reward.

Projects were undertaken at Ashlawn Cutting and a curry kitchen, in line with the Sewa Day aim of helping the environment and relieving hardship and poverty.

Steve Batt, chair of the Rugby Wildlife Group, said: “We had the pleasure of welcoming back the wonderfully community minded group from Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh HSS – Rugby branch for part of their annual Sewa day.

“It’s a day where across the world this group volunteer their time to make communities a better place.”

They were joined by eight volunteers from Rugby Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and volunteers were split into five groups to perform different tasks.

Helpers were supervised by Steve and his team and task included removing overhanging blackthorn to improve access to reserve, raking off and removing grassland vegetation, removing shrub and bramble growth, clearing ash regrowth, and burning the removed vegetation.

All this to open up areas for wildflowers to flourish and create habitat for small creatures.

At the curry kitchen, 15 volunteers from across the Indian, Sikh and Bangladesh communities got together at the Hope4 centre in Newbold Road to prepare food and provide a tasty lunch to nearly 30 homeless people.

Rugby Mayor Richard Dodd, Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and Cllr Ramesh Srivastava also helped on the day.