College Group's Staff and Students Rally Round in Support of Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis

Kind-hearted staff and students from Grŵp Llandrillo Menai - Wales’s largest further education college group - are rallying around in support of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine in a range of innovative ways.

In the days and weeks since the war began, staff and learners across Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s campuses have been putting together various initiatives to support the people of Ukraine.

Over at the Rhos-on-Sea campus this week, the Ukrainian flag has been flying in support of those affected.

Also at Rhos, a group of Games Development students will be staying up all night in order to complete a 24-hour Esports’ stream in aid of the Ukraine humanitarian crisis. The marathon event will start at 6pm on 24 March and will finish 24 hours later. Monies raised will be donated straight to the international Red Cross. Good luck to Carlton, Leon, Noah, Thomas, Liam… and tutor Rob.

30 learners studying on the Level 3 Public Services’ course at the college’s Rhyl campus successfully delivered boxes full of essential items - including nappies, sanitary products and general toiletries - along with hand-written personal messages, to a designated collection point this week. Tutor Cara Baker said: “What really stood out was the collective desire to help make life better for the people in need. Being part of a public service is more than a job, it’s a vocation.”

Also at Rhyl, college staff have placed a tree in the reception area for students to attach messages of support for the Ukrainian people.

Learning support mentor Gwen Evans-Jones, who works on the Parc Menai site, has been spending all of her free time knitting scores of blue and yellow poppies in support. Once completed, Gwen hands them out to staff and students…for a donation.

Students at the Glynllifon campus have been putting together boxes full of essentials, which will be sent over to Ukraine. Items include food, toiletries, sanitary products, books, knitted items to help protect from the cold, and children’s toys and activities.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Marketing Officer Osian Jones’ two young children, 9-year-old Emrys and Lludd, 5, have committed to walk up 10 peaks in Wales over the coming months to raise funds for UNICEF's appeal to provide shelter, food and support for Ukraine's young children.

Over the next few months, the duo – along with three of their friends - will be walking up some of the country's most iconic hills and mountains, finishing the challenge at the summit of Wales' largest mountain Snowdon in August. To support them, go to their JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hery10copa?fbclid=IwAR3V7jjQqmrzgW5Gac-O1_WFb6FXRRYEZoYZ-UcyGCx9Yu47OyqmE3Ebci0

Students training at the Bangor site’s Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy salons have been busy creating new nail designs in support of Ukraine, using the technique of water marbling.

At the Pwllheli campus, A-level students manned a cake stall, selling a whole range of home-made baked goods.

Staff and students working and training in the college’s Orme View Restaurant will be hosting a charity luncheon event on 30 March, with all proceeds again going towards supporting those affected.

Dafydd Evans, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I’m very proud of the Grŵp’s efforts in supporting the tragedy in Ukraine. It exemplifies the ethos and values of our staff and students.”

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