This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Helpers get handy as part of Sewa Day
Dozens of volunteers from Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities teamed up for a day of service to the community.
The came together with the St Philip's Centre in Evington, Leicester, to mark Sewa Day and helped clean up Fludes Lane, in Oadby, on Sunday.
The 40 volunteers cleared the area – a walk-through from the A6 to a group of houses – of litter and planted flower bulbs to spruce it up.
Rupa Kanabar, from Oadby, said: "Material things and money alone cannot bring groups together, so our project, as well as caring for the environemnt, aims to create inter faith understanding and friendships."
Riaz Ravat, deputy director at St Philip's Centre, said: "Sewa Day is a special time of the year when Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities work collectively for the good of all.
"These communities have a rich tradition of carrying out Sewa every day of the year, but Sewa Day is an event which co-ordinates charity efforts across the globe.
"We are delighted to be involved yet again in this important initiative."
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council provided jackets and equipment for the clean-up.