Council key workers received a boost earlier today when local community representatives dropped off donation of free food as a thank you for all of their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Mike Bird, Leader of the Council, invited by Mohammed Arif who had organised the donation, was also in attendance to thank staff and help hand out food whilst maintaining social distancing. Councillor Bird said:
“I think it’s marvellous that local businesses are showing their support for key workers in this way during a time that is challenging for everyone, themselves included.”
“I am immensely proud of the way our clean and green service has responded during this pandemic and their commitment to ensuring the uninterrupted delivery of essential services. To have their efforts recognised in this way by the community shows the strengths of our communities in Walsall.”
“Explaining to the teams why the donation has been made and seeing their reaction to being recognised in this way is great. They are key workers and I am proud to have them as part of Walsall Council.”
A local business Walsall Catering provided the food and are co-sponsors of this latest donation to key workers along with SM Transport. The donation had been organised by Mohammed Arif, interim-chair of Union of Muslim Organisations (UMO) who said,
“We have been working closely with a range of community groups, One Walsall and Council services to support vulnerable residents. We have also been showing our appreciation for the work of so many key workers in different settings and wanted to thank the bin crews for everything they have been doing during the pandemic. On behalf of Walsall we wanted to recognise their efforts and thank them for what they have done and are continuing to do.”
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Notes to editors
Union of Muslim Organisations is an umbrella group for all the mosques and Muslim organisations in Walsall. The organisation was established in 1971 and has offices in Wednesbury Road, Walsall.