A big thanks to Staff and students at Edinburgh Napier University and in particular all the staff and students who have given up their time to help to fundraise, wrap and deliver the Christmas hampers. Journalism student, Joe Birchenall reports on the campaign.
Napier University students have teamed up with charities to provide hampers of supplies to vulnerable people in Edinburgh. The project was set up as a way of providing some festive cheer to those in need. Napier students are working alongside Age Scotland and Basics Bank.
The event is the brain child of Liseli Sitali, Napier Students Association’s (NSA) vice president. Although this is the first event of its type, Liseli is hopeful that it will become “a permanent fixture of the NSA’s work at Christmas time.”
10p to make a difference
Students helped to generate donations and to wrap up baskets of food and supplies, which they delivered to community centres on Monday. Part of the project aims to see every student and staff member at Napier donate just 10p.
Age Scotland, have been appreciative of our efforts, Communication and Campaigns Officer, Doug Anthoney said “the generosity of Napier University students in donating and distributing Christmas hampers is particularly welcome, and very much appreciated.”
The joint project aims to provide festive comfort for those less fortunate, particularly families and older people who cannot receive the care they need. Additionally, the hampers are sent to areas described by the charities as falling victim to hidden poverty. Some people in these affected areas are University graduates as they struggle to find jobs after finishing their studies. Whilst not the initial target, Sitali said it was “nice to think that we’re giving something back to them, as I might be in that group. It was a welcome surprise.”
Donations from staff and students at Edinburgh Napier have provided all the packages which are stocked with tinned meats and fish, cereal, tea, coffee and sugar and other essential food items and Christmas treats.
We are very pleased to announce that we surpassed our target of £4,000 and we raised £4,160 and we were able to deliver 400 hampers to those in need this Christmas.
Although the event was held primarily to help those in need, part of the reasoning behind it was to boost the numbers of charity volunteers within the university. Liseli identified this as one of her aims when she was first elected to office, saying that “part of her goal was to develop volunteering at the NSA, which we want to make our outward reaching in terms of charity voice.” She went on to praise the “wonderful response from both staff and students on all levels.”
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