A MAN based in Llanfechain has called on the community to join him to help feed 10,000 hungry children in Africa.

Rob Ellis, who has a business in Oswestry, is asking people to support Feed The Hungry UK which works to combat hunger abroad.

He worked as a teacher at a school in Uganda 25 years ago, and is hoping to build wants a team of 60 volunteers to be able to pack 10,000 meals in a couple of hours for children in Africa.

Mr Ellis, who lives with his wife and three-year-old son, said: “Having worked in a school in Africa more than 25 years ago and now with a son of my own it is sad to think that children are still going hungry across the continent and for many kids the meal they receive from this charity will be their only meal that day.

“Many of the children I taught had walked miles to school and can be hard for families to be able to afford to send them, so I appreciate that what Feed The Hungry UK is doing, not only helps feed a young person it also makes it easier for them to be able to get an education and with a good meal inside them they can concentrate better in school.”

Food packing is very simple; teams of volunteers work together on a food production line to bag, weigh, seal and box packets of dried food which are then sent to feed children in school and community settings.

By helping for a couple of hours every meal will do a vital job in feeding a balanced and nutritious meal to a child who would otherwise go hungry.

Mr Ellis added: “In order to make the day a success, I am looking for support from other businesses as well as churches and community groups.”

Feed The Hungry UK provides all of the equipment, food and a team of people to run the event at your venue, which Rob plans to hold in Oswestry, at some point in the spring.

Most of the children are fed at schools and other educational settings and for many of them it will be there only proper meal that day.

To get involved with Rob’s food packing event please email info@welchand.co.uk

For more information about the charity visit https://fth.org.uk/handtohand/