The Shelter Trust has again joined forces with the Friends of Ecce Homo Trust (Outreach to Romania) to hold its annual Tinathon in St Helier later this month.
This year will mark the sixth anniversary of the Tinathon, which is sponsored by State Street, and Islanders are being asked to donate a tin of food, which will be collected and packed in West’s Centre on Friday 16th May 2014 before being distributed to those less fortunate in both Jersey and Romania.
Last year over 9,000 tins of food were collected and letters and posters have been sent to local businesses, schools and religious and community organisations asking them to support this event by encouraging their employees, pupils and members to take part, either by visiting on the day or by organising in-house collections in the coming weeks.
In support of the Tinathon, Waitrose will also be hosting an in-store ‘FoodBank’ event on Saturday 10th May when customers will have the chance to donate a tin or two to the appeal.
Organiser Michelle Cuthbert said that a tin of food was a simple and practical way for most people to show their support for the two charities benefitting from the Tinathon and she hoped as many different companies, groups and individuals as possible would get involved.
“Every year the generosity of Jersey people has exceeded our expectations and we extremely grateful for their continuing support and for the support of our sponsors and our dedicated team of volunteers”, she said.
“We will be in West’s Centre throughout the day on Friday 16th May and anyone can bring along tins and drop them off. We will also be operating an office collection scheme in the days running up to the event for those businesses who have arranged their own Tinathon and are asking any firms who want to take advantage of this scheme to let us know in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements,” added Mrs Cuthbert.
She explained that, ideally, they were looking for a varied selection of tinned food, especially meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, but welcomed any canned goods as long as they were in good condition and within the ‘use by’ date.
Anyone who wants more information can either e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michelle Cuthbert on 07797 760578.