Cardiff, Wales. February 17th 2021. Cardiff Taxi and Private Hire alongside Unite Wales has raised and donated £3000 to Al-Ikhlas food bank, located in Adamsdown, Cardiff. Taxi drivers Gareth Carter and Abdul Hie and Unite Wales Taxi branch secretary Yusef Jama presented the cheque to the volunteers of Al-Ikhlas, joined by Cardiff AM Jenny Rathbone, on what happened to be Random Acts of Kindness Day.

‘It was all driven and motivated by the community … Not all taxi drivers can afford it, with many of them leaning on foodbanks themselves, but it’s in their hearts because it’s the people of Cardiff who we work for, we work with and we see them every day and it reallt hits home.’ – Gareth Carter

‘We just wanted to pay our thanks, because st the end of the day the local people, without them, we wouldn’t have a job, we wouldn’t have any money to pay our bills or feed our families, but as you know, they come to visit you [the foodbank] for help, so this is our way of paying back to the local community and say thank you for what they’ve done for us in the past.’ – Yusef Jama

‘I just want to say that this is a classic example of how the poorest people are the most generous because taxi drivers have been so badly hit by the pandemic, and it’s such a dangerous occupation to be in at the moment, that it’s quite extraordinary and heart-warming that despite all the difficulties that you’ve faced, putting food on the tables for your families, that nevertheless, you’ve given all this money to Al-Ikhlas so that they can continue to do the work that they do every week.’ – Jenny Rathbone

The Al-Ikhlas foodbank has been running from the mosque since 2019 and has been supported by Jenny since the beginning. Last week they had helped 140 people. Al-Ikhlas is open every Tuesday at 92 Broadway, Adamsdown, CF24 1NH from 10am-12pm.

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