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Cardiff Street Pastors, set to respond ‘faster on Giovanni’s pasta’ as they prepare for the busiest weekend of the year.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 13: Gio of Giovannis restaurant who has been providing hot meals to Cardiff Street Pastors who work late at night looking after drunken revellers. (Photo by Matthew Horwood)

With support from independent Italian restaurant, Giovanni’s, the Cardiff Street Pastors can ‘respond even faster on pasta’ this festive season as they’ll be fuelled with delicious food donated by the city centre restaurant.

The not-for-profit organisation was established in 2008 to patrol the city centre streets on weekends, to take care of individuals who have had too much alcohol and are potentially in a vulnerable situation.

With Black Friday this week, the charity are gearing up for their busiest weekend of the year and more than 50 volunteers will be patrolling the city centre streets to support the South Wales Police in keeping revellers safe and preventing as much danger as possible.

Giovanni’s Restaurant has supported, the charity throughout 2015, providing the Pastors with food and drink all year, injecting the much needed energy to carry out the nights work.

Gary Smith, manager of Cardiff Street Pastors said: “We’re very grateful to Giovanni for his continued support, our volunteers do not get paid to patrol the streets and do so out of passion and their commitment to keep the city safe, being able to offer them delicious Italian food during their shift not only provides them with the necessary energy but is also a little treat that they deserve. No doubt the offer of complimentary food encourages our volunteers to keep working with us.

Giovanni Malacrino, founder of Giovanni’s Restaurants and pioneer of Café Quarter said: “Having worked at the helm of the nightclub industry for decades and as a father of two who’re studying and in their party going prime, I truly appreciate the work of this fantastic organisation. I have always been a big advocate in keeping the city safe at night, and know the street pastors work tirelessly to ensure people in vulnerable situations are taken care of. It’s a pleasure to be able to support.”

This Friday has been coined, Black Friday, and is known as one of the busiest days for the pub and club trade in Britain. Traditionally the last Friday before Christmas, Black Friday is set to see a record number of party goers hit the city centre to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas break.

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