As those of you who follow my blog know I am a blog ambassador for Ty Hafan, a charity based here in South Wales. This July I am taking part in their Rainbow Run Tredegar. I’ve written all about the Rainbow Run Series before and when Ty Hafan asked if I would be interested in taking part in one I jumped at the chance, particularly when I found out they were running one in Tredegar which is the nearest town to my home.
As a proud blog ambassador for Ty Hafan I have been doing what I can on the blog to help spread the word about fundraising events they are holding and campaigns they run such as their Precious Moments campaign last Christmas, which is when I first got involved with Ty Hafan. And while I’ve been more than happy and proud to be able to do this for such a worthy charity here in South Wales, I knew if I could help in other ways I would.
So taking part in the Rainbow Run Tredegar is just one of the other ways I’m supporting Ty Hafan. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, a Rainbow Run is a fun run over a 5km distance. You don’t have to run it, you can walk it, hop, skip or jump your way around, or if you are part of a team you could be wheeled around in a wheel barrow (although clear it with the organisers first). The aim of the event is to raise vital funds for Ty Hafan but with fun in mind. Participants are showered with powder paint around the course, so wearing white is preferable to appreciate the full effect of the paint.
The venue for the Rainbow Run Tredegar is Bryn Bach Park, which is a lovely public park with a lake in the centre. I’ve actually been in the park during a sports event in which young teenagers were competing in what looked like either a triathlon or running event. Part of their event was a run around the lake and I’m sure us Rainbow Run Tredegar participants will be doing the same. I’ve walked around the lake on many an occasion and if it’s a nice day out it is a lovely place to walk, so fingers crossed for July!
I, myself, plan to walk around as I am not a runner and I want to really soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the event. BattleDad and BattleKid will be there cheering me on and to greet me at the finish line and to get those all important post-walk pictures.
So far two Ty Hafan Rainbow Run events have taken place, in Swansea and Barry, and both were a resounding success. The South Wales Evening Post featured the Swansea Rainbow Run event in their newspaper on April 24th and Wales Online featured the Barry Rainbow Run on May 11th. Both articles were great and the pictures they featured have me excited about the Rainbow Run Tredegar.
It is now our turn, people of Tredegar and the surrounding areas, to get our walking or running shoes on to support a charity here in South Wales who do wonderful work with those families whose children have life-limiting illnesses.
Ty Hafan, for those of you who either haven’t heard of them before or are unsure of what they do, are one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, providing help, care and support to families with life-limiting children from Wales. All the services they provide are free to the families and these range from outreach programmes, to therapies, to counselling, to end of life care alongside their hospice facilities. I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to visit their HQ and hospice facilities in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan and they are out of this world. You’d imagine a hospice to be a sad, somber, emotional place and while it is emotional, those emotions are happiness, cheer, fun and warmth. I’ve written about my visit during the Precious Moments campaign in detail but suffice to say it is an amazing place. Families can use it for breaks, both as a family or for just their children, and it can be used as a hospice if unfortunately a child is nearing the end of their life. The staff are amazing and it is just not what you expect of a place which can fall under the category of a hospice.
Every year it costs almost £4 million to keep the facilities and outreach programmes of Ty Hafan going for those families who need them. Hence why Ty Hafan need to run events such as the Rainbow Run Series to help raise the funds necessary. Of the £4 million needed, only a very small % is provided by the government, the rest comes solely from public funding and this is where you and I can help. We can do our part in helping to raise support and donations by taking part in events like the Rainbow Run.
There is less than 2 months to the Rainbow Run Tredegar, so there is still time for people to register to take part or volunteer. If you are interested in joining me and many others on Saturday 9th July in Bryn Bach Park to get showered in paint, then head on over to the registration website and sign up.
Registration is still open for single or group participants and costs £12 per person. Groups of 5 or more people can avail of a group discount which brings the cost down to just £9 per person. Participants should also aim to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.
If you can’t run but would like to help out on the day by volunteering, Ty Hafan would greatly appreciate it. Volunteering roles range from Paint Throwing to Park and Registration marshals for the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and to sign up.
If you aren’t able to make it there is one more event on Pendine Sands taking place in September or you could sponsor me for my run by going to my JustGiving page and giving what you can.
I’d really like my readers to support my Rainbow Run for Ty Hafan as it really is a fantastic charity who deserves our support. Even if you can only spare £1, it is £1 more towards Ty Hafan’s £4 million yearly target.
I’ll be doing an information post nearer the time for all us Rainbow Run Tredegar participants but I just want to thank you, my readers, if you’ve read this far. Even just reading this post means 1 more person is aware of Ty Hafan and the work they do.