OBSERVER staff have joined a campaign for getting people motivated and making a difference for themselves and the borough in our Olympic year.

News editor Mhairi Macfarlane, photographer Toby Vandevelde and reporter Hannah Bewley, have made promises as part of Make A Pledge, set up by Harrow Council.

The authority hopes to get more people motivated by the world’s biggest sporting competition which comes to London this summer, by joining a sports club, volunteering, getting fit or learning something new.

Last week the Observer reported that council staff had got involved. Now three of us have made our pledges and we are calling on you to do the same.

Mhairi Macfarlane said: “I think it’s important to help in the community, so why not start with those living closest to you by lending your neighbours a hand?

“I want to make a difference to people around me, especially the elderly who may be most in need.”

Toby Vandevelde, who owns two dogs, has pledged to go on longer walks in the countryside and I am going to try to learn a new language.

The Make A Pledge campaign aims to collect photographs of hundreds of people with their promise for the year written on a piece of paper, card, whiteboard or any other interesting place.

The photography project will collect the images and display them at Harrow Arts Centre and on the council’s Flickr page.

Anyone interested in making a pledge can email their photo with their name, age and contact details. Those who submit the best pledges will be in with a chance of winning prizes throughout the duration of project.

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