The young people were joined on their challenge by Mayor Cllr Crimmings.
Intrepid young people, along with volunteers and youth workers undertook the gruelling Rhondda Ramble challenge to help gain their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards – and raise funds for charity
A total of 80 people took part in the annual ramble in aid of one of the charities being supported this year by Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings - Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT).
They endured cold but sunny weather to trek the Rhondda valley hilltops on their 12-mile hike as part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme.
Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings met the group at the start of their journey at St Peter’s Church, Pentre, to offer support for their hike. For the first time, Cllr Crimmings also ‘walked the walk’ with the young people – completing in very good time!
Cllr Crimmings said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme 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.
“They are an inspiration to others, giving up their time and making such an effort to raise money for this very worthy cause.”
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.
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 the Mayor's page 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.