10/05/2011 - Tinathon 2011
Click here to see reports of previous years; Tinathon 2010 Tinathon 2009
The Tinathon is now approaching 3 years old and becoming firmly established as an annual event.
The Shelter Trust (for the Homeless) is again joining forces with the Friends of Ecce Homo Trust (Outreach to Romania) to hold our annual third “Tinathon.” The fast growing event provides valuable support for the work of both the Shelter Trust and Ecce Homo Romania.
Islanders are being asked to each donate one tin of food (although more would be welcome!) which will then be collected in West Centre on Friday 27th May 2011 before being distributed to those less fortunate in both Jersey and Romania.
Letters have been sent to local businesses, schools and churches asking them to support this event by encouraging their employees, pupils and members of their congregations to take part, either by dropping off a tin on the day or by organising in-house collections in the coming weeks.
Michelle Cuthbert, one of the organisers, said that a tin of food was a simple and practical way for most people to show their support for the two charities running the Tinathon and she hoped as many different companies and organisations as possible would get involved, as well as individuals.
Last year a total of 5,000 tins of food were collected and it is hoped to better that this year.
The collecting point will be in the West Centre between 08.00 am and 3.00 pm on Friday 27th May and anyone can bring along a tin and drop it off. There will also be live music playing throughout the day. A scheme to pick up tins is available for those businesses who have arranged their own in-house collection and the organisers are asking any firms who want to join in to get in touch with us.
Ideally, what is hoped for is a varied selection of tinned food, especially meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, but any canned goods as long as they were in good condition will be most welcome.
The event, is being generously sponsored by Statestreet.
Our second Tinathon was held on 28th of May from 9am-4pm at the West Centre (by the cows) and was a great success. The weather was much improved on last year and people stayed to enjoy the festivities after delivering their donation of cans.
The idea behind the event is that members of the public donate a tin of food to support the work of the Trust and Ecce Homo. The donated food is then divided between Shelter and Ecce Homo with the half of the food being used here in Jersey feeding the homeless community at our hostel sites and the other half being forwarded by Ecce Homo on one of their regular container runs to Romania.
In this way we aim to provide support for the very needy both home and away as it were.
The event can be supported through a workplace collection or by coming along on the day with your tin.
The first year gathered 4,000 cans of food. This year delivered more than 5,000 tins of food to the charities. We are now looking forward to next year at West Centre.
'Supporting the needy at home and away'
Unseasonal rain tried hard to stop proceedings on the first Shelter/Ecce Home joint Tinathon on Friday 17th July at St. Heliers West Centre. Despite the non-stop deluge the public donated 4000 tins of food to charity.
The tinned foods were divided between the Shelter Trust working with the homeless in Jersey and Ecce Home working with the poor in Romania.