MORE than 300 cyclists took to the roads of Carmarthenshire recently in the annual Daffodil Ride to help raise money for two west Wales charities.
The tenth Daffodil Ride saw hundreds of riders, including former international rugby legend Shane Williams, embark on a 43 mile loop challenge through hilly Carmarthenshire.
This year £3,300 was raised through the race and – as in previous years – all proceeds from the Ride are being donated to local charities.
This year’s chosen charities are The Dylan Rees Trust Fund and Carmarthen – based Cerebra.
The ride itself was being organised by thi rd year students from the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education (SHOE) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).
This year , two BSc Personal Trainer students, Cerith Evans and Catherine Davies were in charge of organising the Daffodil Ride. Both are studying the Interdisciplinary Support for Adventurous Activities module on the BSc Personal Training course.
Geraint Forster, who runs the Interdisciplinary Support for Adventurous Activities module on the BSc Personal Training course said: “It was an excellent event once again and huge congratulations must go to everybody who took part and help raise thousands of pounds for charity.
“ I’m very pleased that we could raise so much money for two very worthy causes. I’m from the same village and went to school with Dylan so from a personal point of view it was fantastic to see him and his family attend the event and support us on the day. Their support on the day was very much appreciated by everybody. “
He added: “ I also must congratulate Cerith and Catherine for all their hard work in organising the event. The Interdisciplinary Support for Adventurous Activities module is all about giving students the opportunity to work with people who are preparing for some sort of adventurous challenge and also for students to organise a challenge of their own.
“ So far on this module, students have worked on a one-to one basis with clients who are working towards challenging adventure sports goals including one who is striving to become an Olympic Kayaker. The students have also written an article for Adventure Travel Magazine, giving advice on preparing for outdoor adventurous challenges.
“Local events like the Daffodil Ride are a brilliant way of getting your name out there as a personal trainer, if you have your own business the event can raise the awareness of you and your business and secure you more clients.
“ This task provides students with key skills for employability including management of others, it’s a great thing to put on a CV and talk about at interview. The third year of BSc Personal Training and BSc Outdoor Fitness is very professionally focused, students run their own personal training business, they organise events, and it’s less lecture based and more focused on getting out there and practising real life skills under the insurance and supervision of the University.”
The founder of the Daffodil Ride, Andy Edwards, who is local to Pendine, set up the event ten years ago with the aim of breathing life into the village during an otherwise quiet season. Having now moved from Pendine to Carmarthen, Andy was determined that the Daffodil Ride would continue and offered the organising responsibilities to UWTSD students.
Cerith Evans Event organiser and BSc Personal Training course student added: “Organising this event has been the most beneficial learning experience of the whole degree as it has involved working with a wide range of people, and has involved practical learning experiences that are key life skills that will help me in many ways in the future.”
Catherine Davies, Event organiser and BSc Personal Training course student , added : “Learning to work with a range of other organisation such as the Police, Council and local businesses has been such a valuable experience, which I have already referred to in a job interview.”
Sports groups take over lease at Canolfan Carwyn centre
SPORTS groups in the Drefach area have teamed up to take over the running of the Canolfan Carwyn Centre.
The centre, owned by Carmarthenshire County Council, was due to close at the end of the summer due to budget restraints.
However, the two local county councillors, Aled Vaughan Owen and Darren Price, together with a number of sporting groups, came together to save the facility.
They formed Grwp Canolfan Carwyn and took out a lease to keep the centre open, running it themselves.
Organisations include Gwendraeth squash club; Drefach, Bancffosfelen and Tumble Colts football teams; Pontyberem Rugby Club; Gorlas Community Council; Bobby’s Boxing Gym; and other members of the community.
Gorslas Community Council donated £1,000, and all other clubs committed to using the facility on a regular basis.
The organisation is currently looking for volunteers to help out in any way they can, including opening and closing, general maintenance, cleaning, booking and marketing.
The groups hope to extend the activities at the centre to include things such as gymnastics, concerts, children’s parties, and a range of other events.
Cllr Vaughan Owen said: “We are appealing to the community to help us make a success of the Canolfan Carwyn Centre.
“We feel it is important to the area and although we understand the potential pitfalls we are confident with the right support we can secure its long-term future.
“In the words of the late, great Carwyn James, who the centre is named after, ‘Take a risk or two, make a few mistakes. As long as you are adventurers, I won’t mind.’
“With the energy from local sports teams and members of the community, the centre can be kept open with the potential not only to secure the future of certain sport and fitness opportunities in the community, but also to develop new initiatives that expand the services provided.”
The centre was one of a number of recreational assets offered for transfer or lease by Carmarthenshire County Council.
To date, there has been interest shown in around 82% of sites available, with around half of these already being taken over by local organisations.
The county council’s executive board member for assets Cllr David Jenkins said: “This is another excellent example of a community working together to secure the future of a local facility.
“Well done to all those groups and individuals who have made this commitment, I wish them every success for the future.”
Soprano’s show-stopping turn on Stepney Street
A CANADIAN soprano wowed shoppers in Llanelli town centre this week, as she gave a stunning performance to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now.
Kyla Lingley received loud applause from passers-by on Stepney Street as they stopped in their tracks to listen to her outstanding vocals and generously donate to her charity bucket.
During Kyla’s studies in Ontario, the talented lady won the INCO Search for Excellence Award for her pristine vocals. Since this time, her career has taken some exciting turns which have led her to England and Wales. She has performed in numerous operas and concerts and has even sung live on BBC Television with Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in front of an audience of 75,000 people.
Kyla has chosen to devote her time when she’s not in performance mode to avidly raising funds for the Breast Cancer Now Charity. This has been achieved through giving outdoor performances in shopping malls at various UK locations.
Kylas’ mission is to uplift others and possibly inspire them through her love of music as it plays such an integral part of everyday life. Her core belief is to help others whenever possible through her voice.
Wartime high tea a success
A WARTIME-THEMED high tea party to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s was held in Llanelli’s Selwyn Samuel Centre last week.
The party, which will become a monthly event, saw residents from four care homes – Y Plas, Hafan Y Coed, Ashley Court and Y Bwthyn – in attendance, and the Lliedi Suite at the centre was packed to its 250 person capacity.
Visitors enjoyed a fantastic buffet with abundant tea and coffee, and staff got in on the fun, donning war-themed outfits.
The afternoon which was the first of its kind in the Selwyn Samuel Centre definitely catered to the older generation and the entertainment was first class.
Female duo The Jazzabelles wowed the audience with wartime hits such as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘How Much Is That Doggy In the Window’.
The street party catered for all but especially for those living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Cream tea and unlimited food was at a cost of just £7.50 per person and was clear value for money.
Alison Davies, Sue John and Kian Disalvo were the event managers and they couldn’t do enough to keep their guests happy throughout the duration.
A spokesperson for the event said: “We feel that today went very well. We always try hard to aim to cater to everyone’s needs. Our buffets are made from scratch and the Selwyn Samuel Centre caters for all within the community. We take the utmost care in the running of our events and have different types of events for all walks of life.
“Our events can be ghost nights to cream teas all the way to tribute nights. Today’s wartime event has definitely been a more than colourful indoor street party and the WW2 theme has worked well with plenty of happy visitors from the local care homes who without a doubt have happily reminisced.
“Our rooms are always available for hire and the staff at the centre are first class. The next of our forthcoming events are to be held on November 7 and December 5. A warm welcome is extended to all.”
To book a place for the next themed event, telephone 07729 655114.
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