Plaid Cymru’s Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth has once again launched a Reverse Advent initiative at his office in Llangefni, and has been working with the island’s schools as they set up their own collections in the run up to the busy festive period.
Over the summer months the Trussell Trust organisation handed out a staggering 48,000 three-day emergency food supply packages in Wales, and the need for assistance by the most vulnerable in our society is sure to increase as Christmas approaches.
Mr ap Iorwerth has run a reverse advent campaign in his office for a number of years, where instead of having something from your usual advent calendar, you bring an item to donate to foodbanks to your place of work or your school every day to donate to a local foodbank.
The Ynys Môn Assembly Member has also worked with Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones and Ysgol David Hughes, as well as primary schools in the Amlwch area, to help them establish their own reverse advent collections.
Mr ap Iorwerth said:
“Please try to give generously to any foodbanks you come across this Christmas, people really do need the assistance. My office will be hosting a reverse advent calendar in the run-up to Christmas in order to gather a collection to donate to local foodbanks at a time when people need help more than ever.
“Over the last few weeks I have been working with schools on the island to launch reverse advent initiatives at their schools, too, where pupils and teachers will be able to bring food into school every day in the run up to Christmas.
“This really is a vital service, but sadly foodbanks are vital for far too many people.”