Young people made their presentation to Cllr Crimmings
An army of 80 adventurous young people and youth workers took to the valley hilltops to help raise more than £1,000 for charity.
And while the explorers trekked an impressive 12-miles over the Rhondda mountaintops they also helped gain their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
The annual Rhondda Ramble saw the group from across the entire County Borough enjoy a cold but sunny day for the task ahead.
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Cllr Ann Crimmings met the group at the start of their journey at St Peter’s Church, Pentre, to offer support for their hike and joined them every step of the way!
It was an important occasion for the County Borough’s First Citizen because the event was being held in aid of a charity being supported during her year in office – Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT).
Cllr Crimmings explained, “This was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience for all those involved.
“On the one hand these kind-hearted young people gave up their time to help raise such a magnificent amount for charity.
“Secondly they were able to gain their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme which is based on volunteering and helping others. It was wonderful to see so many young people, along with their youth workers and teachers, contributing to such a worthwhile local charity in this way "
Cllr Crimmings joined with young people from St John Baptist High School, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun, Y Pant Comprehensive, Mt Ash Comprehensive E3, Blaengwawr and a number of Open Award participants to put their best feet forward.
Led by the Council’s Services for Young People Duke of Edinburgh’s Team and Group Leaders, it was a long and tough journey – but bright sunshine helped raise spirits, and all of the hikers persevered and reached their destination in Porth in good time.
Together with the navigation skills required, this was a good training opportunity for the young people before they undertake their Duke of Edinburgh’s Expeditions this summer.
This week a group of walkers visited Cllr Crimmings at the Mayor’s Parlour in Pontypridd and presented her with a cheque for £1,119.50.
For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in RCT, contact Kerry Rees, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Development Officer, on 07786523915 or 01443 744107 – or visit www.DofE.org
The three charities supported by Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings during her year in office are Guide Dogs Cymru, Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT) and Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT)
Donations to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal can be made through a new secure online service. Please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/mayor if you would like to make a donation. Or if you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office on 01443 494061.