The screenings of the film "I, Daniel Blake" in the Little Theatre on Friday evening and yesterday afternoon were sold out and from the suggested donation of £5 per ticket plus further donations for teas, coffees and biscuits (kindly donated by the Co-op) over £700 was raised which will be split between local foodbanks.
It was a powerful, moving film and many who watched the screenings were visibly affected by the subject matter. If you get a chance to see this film please do - you will come away wanting to do something about issues concerning people in our community going hungry. As one of the organisers said at the end of the Saturday afternoon showing: "none of us have the answers but we have to try and do something about this."
This observer had the pleasure of meeting Clair Townsend, the driving force behind the Nairn Cares foodbank operation. The organisation came into being just before the Christmas period, she made her mind up to help local families who were struggling to have a good Christmas Dinner and made up six parcels. She got 72 requests for help! There's a lot of people struggling in our community and often it goes below the radar.
Please think about what you can do to help and it isn't only about food - imagine having to send your bairns to school in shoes falling apart or having to choose between sanitary towels or food? Just two examples from the film of what many people have to endure on a daily basis as poverty grinds them down.
If you know anyone that needs help feeding their family the Nairn Cares contact details are on the image on the right and their facebook page is here.
The Blythswood shop on Leopold Street sold quite a lot of tickets for the two screenings and they accept a range of dried foods for the Highland Foodbank which has a branch in Nairn. Please do something if you can folks, let's ensure that nobody in our community goes hungry.