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Sewa day 2012 - come help volunteer in Croydon
01/10/2012 16:48:00


On Sunday 7th October, I and other volunteers will be doing a litter pick in Addington Vale as part of Sewa Day, an international day of volunteering.

Sewa means "selfless services". The term is Indian in origin but the concept of helping others with no expectation of anything in return is universal and Croydon Council have, to their credit, embraced the concept.

This particular project has been arranged by New Addington Councillor Tony Pearson. We are meeting at 11am at the rear of the Baptist Church on Arnhem Drive. If you’d like to help, please let me know so he can ensure that we have enough litter pickers, pairs of gloves, rubbish bags etc.

I know some people feel that given how much we pay in Council Tax they shouldn’t have to spend any of their time cleaning the place up. But the reality is that only a small fraction of the tax we pay goes on cleaning (a significant chunk of it goes on paying for very expensive care for a small number of people with profound and multiple needs) and unless we are all willing to pay a lot more, the Council is never going to be able to do it all on their own. If everyone took responsibility for the stretch of pavement outside their front door, the borough would be a much better place.

Anyway, if you are able and willing to help I hope to see you on Sunday morning.

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On 02/10/2012 13:06:00 Jim wrote:
"(a significant chunk of it goes on paying for very expensive care for a small number of people with profound and multiple needs)"

Not to mention final salary pensions for council staff...




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