Lecturers, academics and support staff from one of RGU's schools have banded together to enhance the festive period for those who are less fortunate in the North East.
Members of the School of Nursing and Midwifery have been donating food, toiletries and pet food to a ‘reverse advent calendar’ throughout the month of December.
A reverse advent calendar works by putting an item in every day, rather than taking something out. Once the box is full of food or clothing, it is donated to a charity or food bank, in order to help those that may be struggling at this time of year.
Staff from across the School contributed over 400 items in total, which have been donated to the King’s Community Church, which runs the Aberdeen North Foodbank.
Donald Todd, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, led the charity efforts and has been overwhelmed by the generosity of his colleagues.
He said: “Most people love opening their advent calendars and getting a treat every day until Santa arrives, but not everyone is so lucky.
“All of us in the School, from the top to the bottom, are proud of the work we do to improve the health and wellbeing of the North East by training the next generation of nurses and midwives.
“These donations are an additional way for us to serve the community, spreading the festive spirit and hopefully improve the lives of those that need it the most.”
Dr Iain Duthie, the leader of King’s Community Church, commented: “We’re delighted to receive this kind donation from RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery for Aberdeen North Foodbank. The ‘reverse advent calendar’ is a fantastic idea and with the team deciding to give, and not receive, this Christmas they are helping to ensure local people in crisis won’t go hungry.”
Release by Jonathon Milne
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