Wales and British & Irish Lions rugby player Ken Owens is used to a scrum, but he doesn’t often get to pack down with more than 150 people! That was the scene at the opening of a new store in Crymych, Pembrokeshire by Ludlow-based firm Kiwikit Ltd.
Ken, who has made 50 appearances for Wales at hooker, officially opened the store and donated a signed rugby ball to the evening’s raffle to raise funds for R.A.B.I. Guests enjoyed a complimentary hog roast and were also entertained by the Crymych Rugby Club Choir. The raffle raised £189, with Kiwikit also donating various prizes.
Kiwikit has supported R.A.B.I by selling wrist bands on their stands throughout the show season. Recently, employee John Davies and director Rob Massey also ran the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise funds for the farming sector’s oldest and largest welfare charity. John is no stranger to a rugby field himself, having won 34 caps for Wales in the 1990s. He played for the same Scarlets regional team that Ken now represents.
Combined proceeds from the raffle, wrist band sales and the Cardiff Half Marathon totalled £650.97.
R.A.B.I chairman Malcolm Thomas MBE attended the store opening to thank Kiwikit’s directors and staff for choosing R.A.B.I as their charity of the year. Malcolm said: “We are very grateful, not only for Kiwikit’s ongoing financial support, but also for the extensive efforts of staff to promote the work we do.”
Rob Massey said: “We are proud to support the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. It’s good to know there is a charity that specifically helps farming families who are experiencing difficulties through no fault of their own.”
Pictured are representatives from Kiwikit and R.A.B.I with Ken Owens (second from right).