Wednesday 10th October, 2018
To mark World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th October, we’re highlighting some of the brilliant work being done by Rhymney Valley AC to raise awareness of mental health issues, as well as wider fundraising activities being conducted by the club.
Rhymney Valley AC coach Nathan Priest, along with his brother Anthony, will be taking on the One in Four Challenge Wales 2018 from 11th – 14th October in which they will swim a total of 4.8 miles, cycle 224 miles and run / hike 56 miles. The challenge involves four of Wales's toughest challenges combined, including the North to South Wales Cycle, the Welsh Three Peaks challenge, the Fan Dance in the Brecon Beacons, which includes a 25km weighted march on Pen y Fan and through the Brecon Beacons. The aim of the challenge is to raise £4,000 for Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind, which would be enough to pay for ASIST suicide intervention training, access to counselling sessions for young males and a homeless fund to support the homeless community who have been supported through Mind.
“I have been in and around mental health in a work capacity for a few years now”, said Anthony. “We wanted to get the message out that people can speak about their mental health and that it is not shameful or weak to do so. One in four people are affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, so that’s where the idea of the challenge came from.”
Nathan and Anthony’s challenge starts in Anglesey tomorrow morning, as they work their way down through Wales to finish in Cardiff Bay on Sunday. They’re keen to gather as much support along the way as possible, and more information on the challenge and how you can get involved can be found here.
Rhymney Valley AC Club Chair, Ruth Powell, highlighted a number of fundraising activities the club have organised over the past months for Velindre Cancer Centre. “We’ve organised fundraising activities like ‘Castle 2 Castle’ which raised over £1,500, and ‘Valleys Got Talent’ which raised over £3,000. Additionally, Fyn Corcoran (who was recently awarded Track and Field Participation Coach of the Year at the Welsh Athletics Awards) raised over £3,000 with his ‘Supernova Challenge’, and as a club we’ve exceeded £8,000 in fundraising totals this year.”
The fantastic work being done by clubs such as Rhymney Valley throughout Wales highlights the ways in which athletics clubs can have a significant positive impact within their communities, and the ways in which athletics and physical activity can help with mental health issues. For more information on World Mental Health Day, click here.