Through Murielle Bouchard
Stupor for René Riquet, in charge of communication for Eating from the heart a Rouen (Seine-Maritime), Thursday September 30, 2021. Arriving at the head office rue Desseaux, he notices thefire from two vehicles which are used for morning collection and evening distribution of edibles. The Rouen branch is launching a call for donations : It’s urgent.
The vehicles were used for distribution and collection
“When I arrived it smelled strongly of diesel, I turned my head and there I saw the truck, a completely charred Renault Trafic. “And very quickly, René Riquet in charge of communication for the Restos du cœur realizing that the fire had spread to a second vehicle, an Opel Vivaro:” The collateral damage is such that it is also unusable. ”
This is very serious for us because the Renault Trafic is in use in the evening for our distributions at Place Saint-Marc and Place des Emmurée. The Vivaro, it is every morning that volunteers take it to pick up unsold items which are then distributed in the evening parcels.
An exceptional food drive Saturday, October 16
On Saturday October 16, 2021, the Restos du cœur are organizing an exceptional collection in supermarkets and hypermarkets in the Rouen urban area. “At the national level, each year we organize a collection in March, but the last health crisis had hampered donations, some supermarkets were even closed. “René Riquet indicated that” to end this summer campaign, we need to organize a new collection “. All day long, during supermarket opening hours, volunteers will welcome donors.
“We juggle with what we have on hand”
Since September 30 and the filing of a police complaint, volunteers have been working to find solutions. “But it’s not possible to continue like this. We juggle with what we have on hand. Volunteers do not hesitate to take their personal vehicle, but that does not replace a truck and a utility, ”explains René Riquet.
The Restos du cœur are therefore launching an appeal for donations, both car and cash. “If we are not given new vehicles, we will have to buy more,” said the communications officer, who hopes that the generous donors will be numerous.
Practical information :
To send your donation to the Restos du cœur: 57 rue Desseaux 76 000 Rouen. 02 35 73 25 78.
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