Welsh rugby fans were in for a treat on the May bank holiday when Crymych Rugby Club in Pembrokeshire held the John Davies Charity Testimonial Rugby Match in aid of R.A.B.I and three other charities.
The former Welsh international rugby star, John Davies, chose R.A.B.I as one of the charities to benefit from three events which saw a star-studded turn-out and thousands of people attend a ladies night, gala dinner and memorial match in his honour.
John’s career included 34 international caps for Wales (1991-1998) as well as management of a farm in North Pembrokeshire.
Current Welsh internationals Josh Turnbull and Gareth Davies turned heads when they made an appearance at the ladies night event which was compered by Pnawn Da and Heno TV presenter Mari Grug. Models for the evening included Meinir Howells, presenter of the Welsh language TV farming programme Ffermio , and popular TV and radio presenter Ifan Jones Evans. A selection of donated local Welsh produce and raffle prizes helped raise more than £2,000 on the first night.
Guest speaker for the gala evening was international referee Derek Bevan who recounted amusing anecdotes from his rugby career to the 450 strong audience. Following a three-course meal featuring the best of Welsh beef, a 22 lot auction raised more than £15,000 for the chosen charities.
The bank holiday spectacular was rounded off with a match between Crymych Rugby Club and the John Davies team, featuring amongst others current Wales international Scott Williams. A pre-match meal and auction attracted more than 250 people.
R.A.B.I regional manager for Wales, Linda Jones said: “All in all, three days of enjoyable fundraising took place at Crymych in West Wales and a heartfelt thank you to John Davies and his wonderful team of helpers for magnificently hosting all the memorable events to benefit others.”
(l-r) Linda Jones, John Davies, Rhian Jones and R.A.B.I. Carmarthenshire secretary Carrie Archer-Jones.