25th Jun, 2022

Coventry mosque and Rising Stars Youth Group join forces clean up Foleshill

A COVENTRY mosque and a youth group has come together to tidy up the city’s streets.

The Masjid-E-Zeenat Ul-Islam Mosque in Cambridge Street, and the Rising Stars Youth Group from Foleshill, decided to hold the community litterpick to bring people together and restore some pride in the local area.

After litter had built up, 20 volunteers took to the streets and collected 30 sacks full of rubbish from Cambridge Street, Stoney Stanton Road, Harnall Lane, and Leicester Causeway.

They were joined by the three councillors for St Michael’s Ward – Coun Naeem Akhtar, Coun Jim O’Boyle and Coun David Welsh.

Coun Welsh said the area looked like it needed some help and it was great the Mosque, Rising Stars and councillors were able to come together to restore some community pride.

“The volunteers did an amazing job and worked really hard.

“It has made a great difference and was such a success that there are already plans to hold further events.”

Asif Takolia, a member of the Masjid Zeenat Islam Management Board, said: “The clean-up was a great success and helped people to feel pride in their neighbourhood.

“Now we want to build on that positive impact and continue to work with residents, organisations and councillors to create an even stronger community spirit.

“Everyone agreed next time we could cover even more streets and involve more people.

“The Mosque is looking forward to growing as a community hub and staging events to benefit all in the area and giving them a neighbourhood to be proud of.”

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