Foodbank receives a double boost jjust in time for Christmas
Rutherglen and Cambuslang Foodbank received two welcome boosts last week, just in time for Christmas.
They were presented with a tremendous donation from pupils and staff and Trinity High School, as well as receiving £100 worth of food from the TSB branches in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
Trinity High School’s SSVP Group has collected 1500 items for the foodbank, which provides emergency supplies to people and families who have been hit by financial hardship.
The tragic news is that demand for the foodbank has become so high that it will open a third outlet in the area next year.
But fortunately, people across Cambuslang and Rutherglen are showing amazing generosity by supporting the foodbank with donations.
As part of the advent programme, the SSVP Group at Trinity spoke at year group assemblies and the pupils collected 1500 items demonstrating the true meaning of Christmas.
Proud head teacher Peter Bollen said: “The SSVP Group have been a powerful opportunity for these young people to demonstrate their faith commitment from helping at the Ozanam Centre and now collecting for the local food bank. They have a very strong awareness of social justice and concern for others.”
The two teachers that helped co- ordinate everything were Miss Haldane and Mrs Marks, and the pupils involved were Divya Domun, Charley Coll, Max Gibson, Olivia McLaren, Lauren O’Neill, Emma Wilson, Lauren O’Reilly, Erin Welsh, Erin May Welsh, Emma Green, Irene Jacob, Kiera Elliot, Gabrielle CarrMcEwan, Kelsey Coyne, Cara Heuston, Chelsea McCabe, Carly Burns and Katie Forrest.
Then last Monday, the foodbank received another donation from the TSB branches in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
Thomas Marshall, the bank manager, presented £100 worth of food.
He said: “We are delighted t o b e h e l p i ng o u t a v e r y worthwhile cause and pleased that the donation will assist the great work being done to help those less fortunate in the local community.”
Both donations, as well as every other one throughout the last year, have been acknowledged by foodbank chairman Brendan Rooney.
He said: “Throughout the year, there’s been a really steady stream of donations from the schools, nurseries, churches of all denominations, businesses and individuals, and pretty much the whole of Rutherglen and Cambuslang have done it.
“It ’ s g e n u i n e l y ma d e a difference to people’s lives - people who have been hard up and struggling in the face of adversity, but the good news is there’s a lot of people who are out there and want to do something about it.
“For example, last week, before Christmas, we distributed 21 boxes of food, but we received 689kg in donations, which is 24 boxes of supplies, so we’re extremely grateful to everyone.
“It speaks so highly for the people here, that as they are getting ready to celebrate Christmas with their families, they are thinking about those who are less fortunate than themselves.
“Trinity High School send in a very large donation, and we’d like to thank them for it. Every single school in the area has contributed over the last year, and what’s fantastic is that on many occasions it has been instigated by the children themselves, wanting to help others.
“We thank the TSB for their support as well, which is very much appreciated.”
Brendan again thanked the community for their support of the foodbank, and explained how tough it is for people who are struggling to make ends meet.
He said: “Each and every donation has made a donation to people living in a time of crisis - it’s not for something that’s ongoing, but just to help the people who come to us get through a few days.
“But the unfortunate thing is, there’s far too many people out there who have found themselves in difficult circumstances.
“I know from talking to one person who have to see us, she had the impossible choice of picking between paying for heating, or food. That’s a horrendous decision for anyone to make, and they shouldn’t have to be making it.
“I’m just very grateful that it’s been a mild winter so far, so there’s not been more people put in that position.”
The foodbank has been fortunate to have the support of a dedicated team of volunteers throughout the last year, since it first opened.
Brendan added: “There’s a whole army of volunteers who are giving up their time, some of them giving three days a week, to help us. I would like to thank each and every one of them.
“St Columbkille’s Church have made their hall available for us on a consistent basis over the last year, at no cost. We are now able to give them a donation, to thank them for being so helpful.”
Generosity Trinity High teachers and some of the pupils who co-ordinated the Foodbank donation (from left) Miss Haldane, Divya Domun, Charley Coll, Max Gibson, head teacher Peter Bollen, Olivia McLaren, Lauren O’Neill, Emma Wilson and Mrs Marks
Thank you Thomas Marshall (left) and Brian Gilmour from the TSB make a donation of £100 of food to the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Foodbank