A concert to celebrate the 30th anniversary of R.A.B.I’s Merionethshire’s committee raised £5,352 for farming people in financial need.
The concert featured renowned Welsh tenors Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies. Also performing were Alejandro Jones from Patagonia and pupils from Ysgol Bro Idris, Dolgellau, conducted by Carwyn Evans. Aled Rhys Jones took on compering duties for the night, with Eirian Owen accompanying the acts on piano.
During the interval, Mair Rees, chair of the Merionethshire committee, gave a vote of thanks and introduced the speakers – guest president Edmund Bailey, a former NFU Cymru president and current Lord-Lieutenant of Gwynedd and R.A.B.I chairman Malcolm Thomas.
Linda Jones, regional manager for Wales, said: “I’d like to congratulate our volunteers in Merionethshire for hosting such a prestigious event. This celebratory concert was a very special evening and our volunteers worked extremely hard to ensure its success. On behalf of the charity, I’d like to thank them for their dedication and commitment to R.A.B.I over the last 30 years. During that time, we’ve given out more than £287k in the county to help farming people in hardship.”
Mair Rees added: “This was a very memorable occasion for us and illustrated all that is good about rural businesses working together for the benefit of others, who are facing difficult situations. We couldn’t have staged this concert without the wonderful support of so many local businesses and community organisations.”
Match funding from Barclays, plus a successful raffle on the evening, helped boost the final total raised to more than £5,300.
Organisers would particularly like to thank the following for their support: the FUW in Merionethshire, G H James Cyf, Trawsfynydd, Lloyd’s Animal Feeds, the NFU in Dolgellau, R J Williams Isuzu/Honda Garage, Talsarnau, Annwen Hughes, chair of Gwynedd County Council and Edmund Bailey for his generous donation.
Pictured above are three of the soloists at the concert. Photo by Erfyl Lloyd Davies Photography.