London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis joined volunteers to help to fix up the outdoor classroom at Gospel Oak School in Camden. Marina joined Camden Councillor Gio Spinella and gardening helpers from the Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Association to lend a hand developing a vibrant and varied learning space at the primary school to help improve pupils’ science and environmental learning.

The volunteering event was organised by the Jewish Community Centre for London as part of Mitzvah Day, a day of social action in which thousands of people take part in hands-on projects to support charities and to build stronger communities.

Marina said: “A mitzvah is an act of human kindness. Performing a mitzvah is an important part of Jewish society, but all faiths and cultures can recognise the significance of doing good deeds in the local community. It’s important for everyone to their bit and to contribute to a bigger, stronger society and I hope that the pupils of Gospel Oak School will profit from their new garden.

“2011 is the European Year of Volunteering and I have taken part in a number of events across the capital and I have been impressed by the generosity of London’s volunteers. I hope that events such as the European Year of Volunteering and Mitzvah Day will motivate more people to offer their services to make their local neighbourhood a better place.”

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