45 Community Groups receive Grants to Promote Welsh Language


45 community groups and organisations all over Wales have received a grant to strengthen the Welsh language within their communities thanks to money raised in Ras yr Iaith 2016.

The second Ras yr Iaith (Race for the Language) was held between 6-8 July 2016, raising over £14,000 to strengthen the language in our communities. Hundreds of people ran through 25 towns and villages between Bangor and Llandeilo, uniting the nation with ‘Baton yr Iaith’, the language baton. The money was raised by local businesses, societies or even families paying £50 to sponsor people to run a km or more for the language through their town.

Raising the profile of the Welsh language, promoting healthy living and strengthening our communities, Ras yr Iaith is held every two years. As well as raising the profile of the language by organising such a race, Ras yr Iaith also distributes grants of up to £750 from the profits created through the race to groups and organisations that promote and use the language.

Owain Gruffydd, chair of Mentrau Iaith Cymru who gave practical support toward Ras yr Iaith, says;
“We were pleased to once again offer support and to organise Ras yr Iaith and are very happy to be able to share this money with groups and organisations across Wales. From festivals and events to sports clubs and choirs – all sorts of groups have been able to benefit from the race and we hope the money will help to strengthen and increase the use of the Welsh language in their communities.”

Siôn Jobbins, one of the race’s founders, says;
“Ras yr Iaith was a chance for people to show their support towards the Welsh language. We were inspired by similar races in the Basque Country, Brittany and Ireland and it’s lovely to see Ras yr Iaith back for the second time in 2016 with 45 groups benefiting from the event.”


Day 1 Area (Gwynedd and Conwy County):
Menter Iaith Bangor
Dawns i Bawb
Partneriaeth Ogwen
Ymgyrch Llanrwst
Y Dref Werdd
Ysgol y Moelwyn
Clwb Rygbi Merched y Bala
Urdd Meirionydd
Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau
Cylch Meithrin Dysynni

Day 2 Area (Ceredigion):
Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch
Dolen Teifi Llandysul
Eisteddfod Castell Newydd Emlyn a’r Cylch
Theatr Troedyrhiw Llanbed
Cylch Meithrin Talybont
Fforwm Ieuenctid Ceredigion
Cylch Meithrin Aberystwyth
Geidiaid Aberteifi
Merched y Wawr Castell Newydd Emlyn
Clwb Hoci Llandysul
Clwb Ffermwyr Ifanc Trefgaron
Cantorion Aberystwyth
Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron
Gŵyl y Cynhaeaf
Cylch Meithrin Pontrhydfendigaid
Eisteddofd Tregaron
Merched y Wawr Mynach
Gŵyl Nol a Mlan
Cylch Meithrin Felinfach

Day 3 Area (Pembrokeshire and Sir Gâr):
Cylch Meithrin Dinbych y Pysgod
Merched y Wawr Ffynonygroes
Eisteddfod Crymych
Gŵyl y Gwter Fawr Rhydaman
Dawnswyr Penrhyd Rhydaman
Ysgol Dyffryn Aman
Cylch Meithrin Llanybydder
Pwyllgor Shwmae Sir Benfro
Clwb Ieuenctid Glanaman
Urdd Port Talbot
Gŵyl Hanes i Blant
Ysgol Bro Ingli
Ysgol y Preseli
Cylch Meithrin Drefach Felindre


For more information or for interview opportunities contact Marged Rhys on marged@mentrauiaith.cymru or by calling 01492 643401 or Siôn Jobbins, Chair Ras yr Iaith: post@rasyriaith.cymru and phone 07815 85 78 21.

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Editor Notes
For more information go to our partners, Mentrau Iaith Cymru on http://mentrauiaith.cymru

More quotes:
Gwydion ap Wynn, Project Manager at Y Dref Wen, Blaenau Ffestiniog;
“It was an honour to be a part of Ras yr Iaith in Blaenau Ffestiniog last year, and to run the race with pupils from local schools who are a large part of the language’s future. We’d love the chance to do it again.
Being successful in receiving the grant allows us to go ahead and plan our event, Bwrlwm Bro, in the town again. It’s a fun-filled day with a range of activities organised for local families in a park in the centre of town. This year we’ll make sure there’s an emphasis on the language following this grant. We are very thankful to Ras yr Iaith for this support.”

Dylan Lewis, Head of the Welsh department, Dyffryn Aman High School:
“The pupils were delighted to take part in the Rhydaman section of Ras yr Iaith last year and be a part of a Welsh language event that was so visable to all in the area.
This year we’ll be hosting AMANWYL, a day of fun, Welsh language activities for year 9 pupils. The Ras yr Iaith grant allows us to create an exciting Welsh atmosphere by inviting a Welsh language rock band to perform in the school hall, promoting Welsh language music among the pupils.”

Race route:

Day 1 – Wednesday 6 July: Bangor, Bethesda, Betws-y-Coed, Llanrwst, Blaenau Ffestinog, Y Bala, Dolgellau, Machynlleth.
Day 2 – Thursday 7 July: Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Aberaeron, Ceinewydd, Llandysul, Castellnewydd Emlyn, Aberteifi
Day 3 – Friday 8 July: Crymych, Narberth, Tenby, St Clares, Carmarthen, Ammanford, Brynaman, Llanymddyfri, Llandeilo

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