Aberdare Tang Soo Do’s Fundraising Talent Competition Kick Starts Recording Opportunity for Contest Winner
After winning a record 29 medals in the European Championships in July, Aberdare Tang Soo Do have been raising money to send 25 students to the World Championships in Lisbon Portugal in July 2014. Their campaign to raise £10.000 started with sponsored walk the equivalent in distance to walking to Lisbon and a street collection in Aberdare Town Centre on Saturday September 21st, in which the generous shoppers kindly donated £442.90.
They also planned a fundraising Waun fest Fun Day in conjunction with the Community First and Penywaun Enterprise Partnership teams at the Penywaun Community Centre on Saturday September 28th, followed by the Valleys Got Talent contest at the Penywaun Club in the evening.
The Waun Fest Fun Day was very well attended by the local community, who were treated to lots of fun activities, including a display by Pippa’s Dancers and Hirwaun Drum Majors and a visit by the Hirwaun Fire Brigade’s fire engine & Fireman Sam, who volunteered to get soaked in the stocks.
The Valleys Got Talent contest kicked off with a display by the Aberdare Tang Soo Do students themselves. The audience was so impressed by some of their self defence moves that their instructors Siân Moran and Richard Morgan said “they should have entered the Talent contest”.
Tickets sold out for the show well before the night, and lots of people were disappointed, missing a fabulous evening of performances by highly talented young people. It was a difficult decision for the judges - Daryl Evans (aka Don Kool), Leondre Devries (aka Little Dre the rapper from Port Talbot) and Martin Williams of Hirwaun Drum Majors. After everyone performed, acts were then eliminated one by one by Delyth the compere, until only the final 3 remained. The nail-biting tension rose as the three then wondered who would be next. The dreaded tap on the shoulder meant that the 21 year old Beatboxer Lewis Chubbs Owens from Gadlys, was voted into 3rd place. Twelve year old Victoria Louise from Aberaman, who had to sing on crutches, came second. Finally, in first place and deserving winner of “Valleys Got Talent”, was nineteen year old Josie Howells from Trecastle. Josie, who studies Art and Design at the University of South Wales, said “it felt great to win! Being down to the last 3 was more nerve wracking than singing in-front of an audience and judges”.
Josie’s prize was a multimedia recording package and song promotion, courtesy of Cylent Beatz Records, the South Wales based Indie Record label run by Lewis Scriven Dummett (Krazy Flow), Daryl Evans (Don Kool) & Morgan Jones.
Aberdare Tang Soo Do would like to thank Cylent Beatz for supporting their fundraising and also for giving some seriously talented young people such a wonderful opportunity. They would also like to thank the local community, the businesses and everyone who helped organise the events and made the whole day and night’s event such a success, that it raised £1476.84.