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News article created on 6 October 2015

Youth group helps keep towpath tidy

16 volunteers from the Hindu Youth Group MK have joined forces with us to tidy up a stretch of towpath along the Grand Union Canal.

Volunteers from the Hindu Youth Group MK Volunteers from the Hindu Youth Group MK

The volunteers, some as young as six years old, were taking part in Sewa Day, which is an international movement embedded in Indian tradition that involves acts of kindness performed selflessly and without ulterior motive.

The group met at along the canal in Fenny Stratford and spent the day collecting rubbish from the canal towpath. In total they collected nine bags of rubbish, which we took away for recycling.

"It just goes to show that if we all work together we can achieve great things and really make a difference." John Highmore

Vinod Mistry, from Hindu Youth Group MK, comments: “The day was enjoyed by everyone especially the children. It’s great to see their enthusiasm as they went about the task of collecting litter along the towpath. 

"It’s fantastic that with the help of the Canal & River Trust we have managed to carry out this activity for the second time. It has fulfilled our goal of giving SEWA to the community. We will definitely be back for more next year.”

John Highmore, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The group did a brilliant job. In just one day the canal already looks so much better. It just goes to show that if we all work together we can achieve great things and really make a difference.”