A translation of Michelle Rafferty’s Welsh-language post…
Aberystwyth students were keen to contribute to the BBC Children In Need campaign. One club in particular, Aberystwyth Rotaract Club, was busy painting faces on Friday 18 November – with a little help from Pudsey himself! What better event to hold during the Intercollegiate Dance weekend that brought students from all over Wales to Aberystwyth University?
‘We had hoped to raise a reasonable sum of money towards Children In Need by asking students on their night out to make a contribution towards having their faces painted,’ said Owain Jones, Aberystwyth Rotaract Club’s President . ‘We were also eager to raise awareness and to encourage students to join our club; a club that was established in the university last year. We photographed all the students who had their faces painted, and they will be posted on our Facebook page to show what sort of activities the club hosts.’
According to Gruff Huws, the student dressed as Pudsey for the night, ‘It was a successful evening in many ways – it was an opportunity for students to raise money for Children In Need. But we also had a good response and lots of questions about what exactly the club does, and what sort of activities who hold during the year. Despite almost freezing to death in the suit, it was worth every second for such a good cause!’
Some club members are photographed here. Members of Aberystwyth Rotaract Club volunteer on a weekly basis in the community. It is an international institution, mainly for young people between 18 and 30. The club organised many fundraising events last year – pub quizzes, pool competitions, and also stewarded the local fireworks display, the town’s Christmas lights ceremony and Christmas fairs – and plenty more!
Money has been raised for a range of charities including Mary’s Meals, the End Polio Now campaign, Mind and Children In Need. The evening was a resounding success and the club raised £71.75 for Children In Need.
Michelle Rafferty, Welsh and History, Part II