The plan was to hike 50 miles across the Brecon Beacons for charity as part of the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) “Taith Torfaen” event at the end of March 13 … but the “great British weather” had other ideas!
Having seen record high temperatures in South Wales on the corresponding weekend the year previous, Tracey Lawrence and Gareth (AKA Flyn or Huw) James were gutted to wake up to snow and freezing temperatures; the conditions were difficult at the lower levels of the course (see picture above) but climbs such as “The Blorenge” were treacherous with typical temperatures of -9 degrees and thigh-deep snow.
12 hours and 27 miles into the challenge as darkness descended and temperatures fell further the LDWA Group Secretary and walk leader, David Morgan, had no option but to call off the event; the bottom line was that the risk of injury was just too great. Naturally, everyone was disappointed. However, all agreed that 27 miles in such conditions was far harder than any 50 miler on a good day!
On a positive note, Tracey and Gareth raised a massive £2400 for the HAT FOUNDATION. Special thanks have to go to those who made it possible either through their support on the day or help with fundraising; fellow hiker and fundraiser,
- Paul Bidgood;
- Nia Lawrence for fundraising and donations;
- events secretary Gwyn Matthews,
- Rosemary Jackson,
- John Tinelli,
- Matt Humphries,
- Steve Lawrence
and the many others who provide support on the day; and to everyone who gave so generously, in particular:
- Associated British Ports,
- AB Car Sales Ltd,Barry
- Pinit Building & Civil Engineering Ltd, Barry.
Your donations will make a huge impact on the lives of those less fortunate than us – watch this space for further updates on how your money was spent. Thank you to all.
Following the success of the HAT Foundation Charity Ball in October, enough funds were raised to embark on the next phase of supporting orphans and children in the poorer parts of Sri Lanka.
Starting at Horigampita school, which is a school we have been working with for quite some time, we have agreed to buy all grade 1 children a complete school pack.
You can see what impact this will have on the school from the large banner we had made promoting the school. In the Sri Lankan education system success brings rewards from the government in extra funding. By using such incentives and making this school an attractive place to come and study we are helping to secure the long term future for this school and the children who go there.
All all other students in this school will receive a pair of shoes – a traditional HAT Foundation gift incentive.
Thanks to a donation from the Barry Rotary Club we have also secured a contract for the mains water to be fitted in this school at last.
Imagine running a school without an adequate water supply. Many of the schools in this part of Sri Lanka depend upon old, dilapidated wells – hardly sanitary for children
The HAT Foundation are pleased to announce that the gala dinner, auction and raffle held on Friday 12 October raised just a little over £6000.
Thank you to all those who attended. We hope you all had a great evening, we certainly did. The Copthorne Hotel in Cardiff did us proud with a really tasty and excellently presented dinner and Richie Evans was a fantastic entertainer with his Swing2Buble, Michael Buble tribute act.
A big thank you to all those who donated prizes for the raffle and auction. Also thanks to Barclays Bank plc (Barry Branch) Ken Sievewright from KCS Transport, Phill Spierling and C & H Plumbing supplies for their donations on the night.
Your donations will help us deliver piped water into the next batch of houses in the village in Sri Lanka that we are supporting. It will also help to buy the next batch of shoes for the children, helping them attend school regularly. We believe that education is the pathway out of poverty. By helping these children stay in education, supporting their schools, promoting and supporting the study of English they will be better prepared to develop their own prosperity.
The HAT Foundation Ball on Friday 14 October raised a staggering £8000.
This will go a long way to ensuring we deliver safe, piped drinking water to the Udmulla villagers in Sri Lanka as well as securing funding for projects to improve schools throughout the area.
Pictured presenting a cheque to the HAT Foundations chairman Cavan Sullivan, is Barclays employee Karen from Barclays Bank, Holton Road branch in Barry whose support is always gratefully received.
The Annual HAT Foundation black tie dinner and charity auction took place on Friday 14th October 2011 at the Copthorne Hotel in Cardiff.
There was a Gourmet Dinner, Entertainment, exciting raffles and post dinner Dancing until the early hours. Everyone had a ball!
The money will be sent to
G/Ginota Dhamapala Vidyalaya School
Students in both schools have recently started corresponding and the money will help this poor school.
Cavan Sullivan, Chairman of the HAT Foundation is pictured receiving the cheque
Dine Out Wales is very proud to present…
A very special evening for a very special cause
Wednesday 29th June 2011 at 7pm
Ladies ! Grab your glad rags, pop on your dancing shoes, and
enjoy a fabulous evening’s entertainment with James Williams the
hugely talented and immensely charismatic Micheal Buble tribute.
Picture the scene…sumptuous red velvet drapes, grand piano, an
array of sparkling chandeliers, Swarovski crystal chesterfields plus
a spectacular 28 foot ice bar – the stunning VIP Lounge in Mermaid
Quay is the perfect backdrop for a decadent evening of high glamour,
starting of course with champagne and canapés on arrival at
All proceeds are in aid of the HAT Foundation, a registered
charity set up to aid victims of the 2004 South East Asian Tsunami
through reconstruction projects, support for educational
establishments and the provision of food, clothing and financial aid
to individual families. All trustees and friends of this vital
charity give their time free of charge, enabling 100% of donations
to go directly towards these much needed projects. For more
information, please visit www.hatfoundation.org.uk