Harry, Ken and Wyn met Gareth Griffith of local refugee support charity Pobl i Bobl to present a cheque for £350 to help Ukrainian refugees. The money was raised by the very successful Fun Run held in Pentir over the summer.
After the enforced interruption due to COVID, we organized the Pentir Fun Run again on the 5th July. Building on all the preparatory work that Kate Potter has done over recent years, the Fun Run was advertised again. After a rather slow start of people signing up, we had 82 runners on the night. The registration started in good time on Pentir square, before the runners walked to the Green in Rhyd Y Groes for the start of the 4.5 km run. Landowners had given permission to run on their land, the route was set out in colours of the Ukrainian flag, and marshals and a first aider were present to ensure a safe run. There were prizes for a range of age categories and for men and women. The weather was on our side and all had a good time. We are already planning the run in 2023.
Founded as a response to the beginning of the European refugee crisis in 2015, Pobl i Bobl (Welsh for People to People) aims to help people in crisis by providing aid and personal support, regardless of race, religion and location. Wherever people in need may be, Pobl i Bobl extends the hand of friendship and solidarity.
Pobl i Bobl fund raises for three main reasons:
1) To help pay for aid to be sent out to Ukraine, Syria, Greece, France
2) To send money to projects on the ground eg Refugee Support Europe, Care4Calais, ThereYouGo in Samos, those helping the displaced in neighbouring countries of Ukraine, the homeless in Dunkirk and Calais, community centres and food kitchens in Greek refugee camps etc
3) To help resettlement projects in North Wales.