The US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun, rolled up his sleeves to help repair a London children’s playground in support of leading humanitarian charity Habitat for Humanity.
He and staff at the American Embassy again heeded President Obama’s call to all Americans to remember the tragic events of 9/11 by giving a day of service to the community they live and work in.
“It’s emblematic of the American spirit that we strive to define this day not by terror, but by honoring those we lost and making the world a better place.” said Ambassador Barzun. “I was privileged to join my fellow citizens around the globe by getting involved in such a worthy effort in London.”
Rebecca Martin, Chief Executive of Habitat for Humanity GB says she was honoured to welcome the Ambassador and his team to the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground in Kennington, south east London.
She explains: “Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. No previous experience is necessary, just time and enthusiasm. Volunteers get involved in whatever the build schedule is for the day, this include demolition work, building an out door fence to painting and decorating. The Ambassador was keen to help in anyway he could. He wanted to be treated as a regular volunteer.”
Goodwork was delighted to be able to arrange this event.