Two nights of fundraising events by R.A.B.I’s Carmarthenshire County Committee have raised £1,927.
A well-attended whist drive at Cwrt Henri was held on Thursday 16 June and on the following evening – a concert at Cothi Bridge Memorial Hall. The hall was packed to the brim to listen to the children of Nantgaredig Primary School, Côr Tonic, Dafydd Evans and Arwel Sharpe. The acts were introduced by compere for the evening, Joseph Davies, Cwmifor.
Nantgaredig Primary School achieved great success at the Urdd Eisteddfod and the audience were appreciative of the great standard that was set at the start of the concert. Côr Tonic, a ladies choir and popular repeat artistes, delivered polished modern and traditional songs.
Dafydd Evans, a business and agriculture student, performed various solos before being joined by local young plumber Arwel Sharpe for a few duets, which pleased all present. The evening was rounded off by a spine tingling performance of Eryr Pengwern from the Welsh musical Heledd, by Dafydd, Arwel and Côr Tonic, much to the audience’s delight.
President of the evening, Dilwyn Williams was unfortunately unable to be present due to illness, but gave an extremely generous donation.
A raffle was held on both evenings and ladies of the Carmarthenshire Committee prepared food for whist drive attendees and for the artistes at the concert.
Carmarthenshire county chairman Gwynne Williams added: “I would like to thank Dilwyn Williams, concert president, for his kindness and wish him well after his recent hospitalisation. I would also like to thank all the wonderful artistes, who all gave inspiring performances and Joseph Davies for compering the evening.”
R.A.B.I helps farmers and farmworkers of all ages, giving out grants of around £2 million each year. Much of the funding comes from public donations, events arranged by county committees, and support from rural businesses and community groups. Last year, R.A.B.I gave out more than £40,000 in Carmarthenshire alone.
R.A.B.I regional manager for Wales, Linda Jones, said: “You never know what the future holds. Sometimes, all it takes is one distressing situation to place a great deal of worry and stress regarding finances onto already over-burdened shoulders. People should be starting to realise by now, that this year is already proving to be challenging for many farming families.”
Pictured above: Siw Hughes, accompanist to Côr Tonic, and to artistes, Dafydd Evans and Arwel Sharpe.