For many years now, January has been the month of breakfasts here at the FUW. A great opportunity for people to come together around the breakfast table to chat and enjoy the best local produce that our hardworking farmers produce. But one of our members from the Caernarfon branch, Rhiannon Jones, went one step further to ensure the success of the breakfast held at Caffi Ty Newydd, Uwchmynydd. Rhiannon will explain:-
“When Gwynedd asked me to organise a breakfast this year, I really had no idea what I was letting myself in for! I’m ashamed to say that I have never been to a FUW breakfast before. (I knew someone who had been going to the breakfasts for years, so I rang her for advice!!)
After doing a check list and getting everything ready, and whilst talking to my friend, we thought it would be a good idea to get some sort of sign made to advertise the breakfast.
I had noticed some eyecatching colourful birthday banners in the area, and after doing some research, I found out that they had been created by the pupils of Glan y Môr School, Pwllheli who do all the design and creative work and the money goes towards buying art resources for the school pupils! So I kindly asked the teacher for a banner on Sunday night for the Tuesday! What better way to support a local school!
The idea was that the banner would draw new attention to the breakfast and lead everyone else in the right direction! My aim is to always succeed in all I do, and by promoting the breakfast, it would perhaps attract more people in the future!
I was very lucky that six of my friends were willing to help on the day, so I thought of a way to thank them for their trouble, by designing multicolored aprons for the day and that it was a reminder for them afterwards! Once again supporting a local business in Pwllheli. A personal present, something unique!
It wasn’t all about raising as much money as possible for the three charities. I'm a determined person and always have a passion for success! I have great pleasure in organising things like this, and seeing the fruits of my endless labour.
On the morning of the breakfast, I quickly realised the social element of the breakfast. I would go as far as to say that some saw it as the highlight of their week and had been looking forward to it!
It was great to see so many new and old faces, and an oppotunity to chat with everyone! Breaking the habit of an annual breakfast would be a great shame! The feeling I got was that it was normal for groups of people to come together, and looking back at the FUW breakfast pictures I came across some familiar faces, and it was nice to see people enjoying a chat over some delicious food!
I thoroughly enjoyed organising the breakfast and immense pride of seeing local companies so supportive. It was good to raise so much money for such worthy charities. Thank you for this opportunity!”.
Thanks to people like Rhiannon, and many other volunteers across Wales who have been busy organising and feeding several hungry mouths, the FUW 2020 Breakfast week was a successful one to remember. Thank goodness for national campaigns like this to keep our rural communities buzzing! Bring on the 2021 breakfasts!