Rhondda Ramble Raises The Bar – Again!

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Intrepid young people, volunteers, teachers and youthworkers recently undertook the gruelling Rhondda Ramble challenge to help gaintheir Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards – and raise funds for charity.

Over 90 people took part in the annual ramble in aid of oneof the charities being supported this year by Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor,Cllr John Watts – The Rhondda Appeal (for Boys & Girls Clubs).

They endured cold rain and sunny weather to trek theRhondda valley hilltops on their 12-mile hike as part of Rhondda Cynon TafCouncil’s successful Duke of Edinburgh’sAward Programme.

Young people from St John Baptist High School, Ysgol GyfunRhydywaun, Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer; the Youth Engagement & Participationprogrammes at Mt Ash, Hawthorn, Cardinal Newman, Ferndale, Pontypridd andTonypandy Schools; Values in Care RCT, and a number of Gold Open Awardparticipants put their best feet (and afew paws!) forward.

A Leader with a pacing device recorded the total of 27,416steps taken during the course of the day! Another recorded his Group took 29,858 steps – so a few navigationalerrors there maybe?!

Led by the Council’s Youth Engagement & ParticipationService’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Team and Group Leaders, it was a longand tough journey – but bright sunshine at the end helped raise spirits, andall of the hikers persevered and reached their destination in Porth in goodtime.

Together with thenavigation skills required, this was a good training opportunity for the youngpeople before they undertake their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions thissummer.

For more information aboutthe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in RCT, contact Kerry Rees, Duke of Edinburgh’sAward Development Officer, on 07786523915 or 01443 744115, or visit www.DofE.org

Donations to the Mayor’sCharity Appeal can be made through a new secure online service. Please visitwww.rctcbc.gov.uk/mayor if you would like to make a donation. Or if you have anidea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office on 01443494061.

Related Article: Celebrations As Young People Receive DofE Awards

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