The ‘Good Citizens’ of Rhondda Cynon Taf are to receive recognition at an awards ceremony being held today (Wednesday, May 8).

The Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards take place at the Municipal Buildings in Pontypridd, to celebrate the achievements of the winners. 

The awards recognise and honour individuals and/or groups who may not receive the recognition they deserve for their efforts to improve their community, and/or those residents that have made outstanding contributions and achievements within their field, for example sport or culture. 

The public were invited to make nominations for the Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards, which were then shortlisted as part of the selection process. This year saw a huge amount of nominations for the Awards, which were all considered by the Mayor. 

Councillor Steve Powderhill, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, said: “I have been truly grateful to have the opportunity to present these awards to the exceptional people that do great things for our County Borough. There were so many worthy nominations put forward by the public, which made the task of shortlisting the nominees all the more difficult. 

“We have so many wonderful people in this County Borough doing so much good for their communities, and I would like to thank them all. To show my gratitude to all those who were nominated for their work across the County Borough, but were unsuccessful in winning an award, I shall be writing to thank them for all they do for their communities.” 

This year there will be seven categories of the Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards presented:

Special Recognition Award – Valerie Davies & Amelia Gay

Valerie and Amelia have run the ‘Boys and Girls’ Club in Treforest for over 50 years. They have provided a place for the young people of Treforest, and further afield, to go to for socialising, activities and community events. They have done it on a voluntary basis for a considerable length of time. 

Services to the Community – PCSO Allan Blackburn

Allan has started a successful and popular boxing club for girls and boys in Tonyrefail, giving young people something to do and helping to reduce anti-social behaviour. Allan also has considerable involvement with the local primary, even playing Father Christmas. All this while undertaking his role as a PCSO in the Tonyrefail area. 

Supporting Others – Cwm Taf Marie Curie Nursing Service

The Cwm Taf Marie Curie Nursing Service care for patients with terminal illnesses in the community of Rhondda Cynon Taf. They care and support anyone with a terminal illness in the last months of life. Providing emotional and practical support to both patient and families, giving people the choice to be able to stay at home with their families towards the end of their life. 

Artistic Achievement – Daniel Davies & Ella Thomas

A former pupil at Coedpenmaen Primary School, now attending Hawthorn High, Daniel is self-taught singer and had only ever performed in school shows previously, until he won Junior Voice UK Winner from Pontypridd. Ella Thomas started at Cwmlai Primary taking leading roles in performing arts and into the finals of Treorchy Male Voice Junior Musician of Year. Ella then went on to win Voice of The Valley. She then had further success getting through to The Voice Kids Battle Rounds, and became the first recipient of Sheriffs Special Recognition. 

Sporting Achievement – Sporting Marvels

Sporting marvels and their small team of leaders provide in school leadership programmes, after-school activities, and create sporting events across the Rhondda for young people to engage with, learn skills and gain confidence. Many young people they work with are disadvantaged, and Sporting Marvels works to support all young people reach their potential. 

Personal Achievement – Wynford Williams

Wynford Williams has joined the world elite Tang Soo Do Federation’s most senior instructor in Europe and has been honoured with a rare 8th Dan grade. The promotion means that Master Wynford Williams is now one of just five 8th Dan Masters in the Federation throughout the world. He is Wales’s highest ranking Tang Soo Do instructor and took up the teaching of Tang Soo Do 41years ago. 

Services to Charity – Wayne Griffiths

Wayne has been chosen to receive a reward for his fundraising for the ‘Rhian Griffiths Forget Me Not’ Fund, set up in memory for his daughter who sadly passed away from cancer. He has raised over £400,000 for Velindre.

The Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards will be presented at the Municipal Buildings, Pontypridd, tonight (Wednesday, May 8).

Posted on Wednesday 8th May 2019

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