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Voluntary Groups Honoured as Sewa Pioneers Award Winners 2013
Date:3/21/2013

(PRWEB) March 21, 2013

The Sewa Pioneers Awards recognise those with the spirit of selflessness who devoted time to the service of others through global volunteering initiative Sewa Day. In October 2012, 50,000 volunteers in over 20 countries took part in Sewa Day projects that enhanced the environment, relieved poverty or brought joy to those less fortunate in their local community. Sewa Pioneers Awards recognise outstanding social action projects that create a positive impact on local communities and act as a catalyst to inspire further selfless action.

Also among the winners were five outstanding schools projects from Dubai and across the UK, warmly welcomed by Members of Parliament supporting the initiative, including: Gavin Barwell MP, Bob Blackman MP, Mike Freer MP, Barry Gardiner MP, Steve Pound MP, Virendra Sharma MP, Gareth Thomas MP and Baroness Sandip Verma. Representatives from Councils already committed to Sewa Day included Cllr Vidhi Mohan (Croydon), Cllr Julian Bell (Ealing), Cllr Muhammad Butt (Brent) and Cllr David Parry (Harrow). Partners include Amnesty International, UNESCO, The Big Issue, Guardian Teacher Network, BT, Lloyds Banking Group and The Woodland Trust, among many others.

Since its launch in 2010, global volunteering initiative Sewa Day has exceeded all expectations with tens of thousands of people rendering their service to others, selflessly. The first Sewa Day took place in November 2010. Over 5,000 people, of all ages and from all walks of life, participated in over 130 projects across the UK. By the second Sewa Day, which took place in September 2011, the initiative had gone global with 15,000 people taking part in projects across 15 countries. Sewa Day 2012 was even bigger with an estimated 50,000 people taking part directly and through new partners in over 20 countries.

The three principle aims for Sewa Day are to alleviate human hardship, improve the environment and b
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