A group of students from Coleg y Cymoedd have been busy collecting food items and have also raised a fantastic Â£80 for the Rhondda Food Bank. The generous students studying on the full time Skills for Further Study course at the Rhondda Campus rallied to the cause after their tutor Theresa Thomas became aware of the local work being carried out by the Foodbank and shared with them, a video of the work undertaken by the Trussell Trust.
Twenty-one year old Laura Carter, from Tonyrefail, 17 year old Sadie Strinati from Treorchy and mature student Emma Wood from Treherbert were delighted with the response the group received from staff and students at the campus. Laura said, â€œWhen Theresa showed us the video the group were all in agreement that we should support the Trust; and as part of our Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification we decided to hold various activities to generate some funds.
It is sad that in 2013, there are so many people, who through no fault of their own are unable to purchase food; this may be through illness, unemployment or family breakdowns. We also raised money from the raffle and craft stall which will help to support families in crisisâ€.
David Holland, Rhondda Foodbank Manager accepted the donations and thanked the students for their support. David said â€œOn behalf of the Foodbank I am grateful to the college for their donations and also for the students offer to undertake work placements at the Tylorstown Food bank.â€
The students will be an asset to us and helping with the collection, recording and distribution of food from our base at Tylorstown. We are proud of the work the charity undertakes and the Trussell Trust has recently been named â€˜Britainâ€™s Most Admired Charityâ€™ at Third Sectorâ€™s 2013 charity award ceremony held at Google HQ in London. It is through working with establishments such as the college that we are able to promote the charity and the service we offer.â€
Tutor Nicola Williams said, â€œThe group has worked extremely hard with the various fundraising activities which have included raffles, selling cards and gift tags; the video had a huge impact on them and it is made more real knowing that local people are relying on the Trust to eat. Hopefully the food parcels we have collected will bring some cheer to those in needâ€.