Mayor of London Boris Johnson:
"I am a keen supporter of Mitzvah Day and congratulate everyone involved. Your wonderful commitment and generosity really makes a huge difference to the communities that we live in. I also commend Mitzvah Day on your involvement in 'A Year of Service' which provides such an important opportunity for people of all faiths to get involved in wider activity.
On the back of the wonderful summer that we've seen it's more important than ever that we have high quality, impactful opportunities, such as these, that make a difference to our capital. That's exaclty what we aim to do through Team London and I was particularly delighted to hear that we've been able to mobilise so much social action through our work together. I would encourage Londoners to get involved and make this Mitzvah Day an even bigger success."
Prime Minister David Cameron:
"Mitzvah Day is a fantastic example of people coming together for the good of their community which is why last year I was pleased to present them with a Big Society Award. I was really impressed by their results with projects all around the country benefitting from the support of volunteers who gave up 50,000 hours of their time.
"This year Mitzvah Day is forming part of A Year of Service highlighting the many community initiatives put on by people of all faiths. This great idea is joining together communities right across the UK with over 160 events taking place this year and I would encourage anyone who can to get involved."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg:
"Mitzvah Day is nothing short of inspirational.
"The Jewish values of tikkun olam, tzedek and gemilut chassadim bring people of all faiths, from all across the world together to work side by side and make a difference in their local communities.
Congratulations on a seventh fantastic year of tree planting, manning soup kitchens, befriending, cleaning up, making, baking and doing – lending a helping hand and raising a smile amongst those who need it most."
Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband:
"In my conference speech I talked about the core belief which runs through my politics and which I inherited from my parents: that we have a duty to leave the world a better place than we found it – Tikkun Olam. I talked about making the United Kingdom One Nation in which everyone has a stake and plays their part.
On Mitzvah Day, thousands of people will be doing just that. Whether cooking for the homeless, planting a tree, painting a school, helping to clean a cemetery, or making a menorah out of recycled waste, volunteers will be demonstrating their commitment to our shared life together. It’s through thousands of small actions that we build our families and our communities.
The fruits of Mitzvah - small tangible signs of hope and solidarity - show that the shared wealth of a nation is measured not so much in pounds and pence, but in the bonds of compassion, care, and community.
I wish you all the best for Mitzvah Day this year, and I hope the event goes from strength to strength."
Team London Star
Laura Marks, Founder and Director of Mitzvah Day has received a Team London Star from Boris Johnson, Mayor of London in recognition of the work that goes in to organising Mitzvah Day.
Big Society Award
Mitzvah Day has won the Prime Minister's Big Society Award:
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