The meaning of the term Mitzvah stems from a moral deed within the Jewish religion. The Mitzvah Day Project is interfaith. It takes the sentiment of an act of human kindness and extends it to all. Instead of giving money people are giving their time. The scheme works on the premise that tangible relationships can be formed. Consequently, the hope is that these new ‘bonds’ will strengthen communities throughout the UK.
Last Friday Westbury once again took part in Mitzvah Day, ‘Giving Away our Lunches’ to those less fortunate. During the weeks prior to the event, a box was set up in the office for people to place food donations in. We collected a wide variety of goods from pasta and tinned soup to festive mince pies.
There was a wide variety of ways that people could take part in the charitable activities. Our contribution was for a small group of us to pay a visit to The Lodge at St Ursula’s in Holborn. All the food gathered would be split up equally into bags and given out to those living there. I had been informed by the group that went previous year that we should expect a very warm welcome. We were not disappointed! Whilst we put our items on the table that had been laid out for all the donations, we got chatting to another group of volunteers. They had been cooking for the men there all day. Whilst being taken on our tour by Isaura the manager, it was lovely to have the smell of a home-cooked meal follow us around. The Lodge has 40 pristinely kept rooms. It was fantastic to see that genuine help is being provided to those who need it.
Friday was also Children in Need, so alongside our Mitzvah Day decorations, there were also pictures up of Pudsey and Sir Terry displayed in the office. Grant organised a bake-off for the firm in which two members of staff acted as blind judges. Bakers were extremely competitive, not even revealing to each other what they had made until the morning of the event! The spread was amazing.
For some it was a real chance to show of their culinary skills. First place was taken by Nicki Pearson with a delicious Apple Cake and Second by Maureen Lock with lovely Banana Cupcakes. They were both presented with trophies and applause. Then it was up to the rest of Westbury to buy as many baked goods as possible! We raised over £140 and needless to say we were all left feeling rather stuffed by the end of the day.
It was great to have such a buzz in the office. A truly brilliant way to end the week and start the weekend.
Rehana Khan – Head of Social Committee
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