Aviva appeals to northern spirit


MITZVAH Day, the Jewish-led national day of volunteering and social action, is set to help more local causes than ever in the north of England thanks to northern fieldworker AVIVA KHAN.

Enthusiastic Aviva, who reads biomedical science at Manchester University has been involved in charitable and social action projects throughout her whole life.

Her role is as the main point of contact for synagogues, schools, youth movements and other communities planning Mitzvah Day events in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and all over the north on Sunday, November 22, as well as the charities their efforts will support.

The events will be part of an international effort involving 37,000 volunteers and 500 organisations in 20 countries, supporting 150 different charities.

It will include multi-faith Mitzvah Day, which will bring together Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and those of other, or no, faiths.

The former Manchester King David High School Yavneh Girls' pupil has previously been involved with organisations, including Bnei Akiva, The Fed and GIFT, a charity which promotes volunteering among young people.

The 22-year-old said: "At school they really stressed giving back to society, which has always inspired me to be an active, rather than a passive, part of the community.

"What really drew me to Mitzvah Day was the fact that it encourages people to think beyond themselves and their own needs, about how to make a difference for other people.

"I also love that everyone of all ages, faiths and backgrounds can get involved.

"Mitzvah Day's founding principle is that volunteers should give their time, rather than their money, to make a real difference to society.

"My goals for this year are to enhance the number and types of people involved in Mitzvah Day in the north and prove that social action is for everyone."

Communities, organisations and charities wishing to be involved, should contact Aviva at

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