Community row together to raise funds for school minibus

The fitness levels of Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar were put to the test this week when he took part in a rowing challenge to help raise funds for a defibrillator for the village of Llanddulas and a new minibus for a primary school in his constituency.    

Pupils, staff and parents at Ysgol Llanddulas are taking part in a ‘7-day non-stop rowing event’ and on Friday morning Darren visited the school to assist them with the challenge.

He said:

“The school is fundraising for a defibrillator for the village and a new school minibus.

“Their motto is ‘TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More’ -  so they decided to do an event where they row non stop for 7 days and nights. The pupils are rowing during the day and the parents and wider community have been invited to row during the evening and through the night. I was pleased to receive their invitation to  help them in their efforts and joined them on Friday morning for my stint on the rowing machine.  

“I had lots of encouragement from the children who are very excited about this challenge. I wish them all the best of luck with the remainder of the challenge.”

Parent, Adrian Leonard, who organised the challenge said:  

“The school won Conwy Sports school of the year last year 2017/2018. At the moment we can’t take full classes out on day trips and to sporting events. 

“We want to make this a life changing experience, enthusing the children of Ysgol Llanddulas and to unite as a community to take on a challenge that has the potential to leave a lasting legacy.  To promote health, fitness and wellbeing and to prove that dedication, hard work and a collective approach to a challenge, can make the impossible seem possible.

“We were predicted to row around 1,000,000 metres which is a distance of around 621 miles.  But we are due to hit the million metre mark tonight so we’re going to smash our target.  We now hope to row well beyond the distance of Lands End to John O’Groats and we are now predicting to cover a distance of 1,600,000 metres / 1000 miles.  

“We set up a website so that members of the community could all take part, the youngest rower has been 3 years old and the oldest has been 73.  It’s been a real community effort and everyone is pulling together. Our website is