Four of our favourite fundraisers have been nominated for the inaugural Bro Radio Community Awards – set up to celebrate the station’s decade on air.
Brave Barry Mum Rachel Degaetano’s Gobaith am Barri has been nominated for the Charity of the Year.
The Campaigner, still struggling with the loss of her beloved boy, is fund raising to set up a Suicide Support Centre in our town. Rachel who lost her 21 year-old son Chae in April 2015, needs to hit a target of £85,000 to start the facility that she is personally, and painfully, aware is much-needed in Barry.
She has already teamed up with the well-established Jacob Abraham Foundation (JAF) which has a support centre in Cardiff. .Working together, Rachel hopes to replicate JAF’s work to: help prevent suicide through direct intervention with vulnerable people; raise awareness on mental health and/or suicide issues; promote positive mental health, and support people bereaved through suicide, in Barry and the Vale.
Courageous cancer survivor Soraya Kelly’s inspirational #theglovesareon Campaign has been nominated in the Triumph Over Adversity Category.
The mum of four started #theglovesareon in a bid to raise awareness of early detection and prompt treatment of the disease after beating breast cancer earlier this year. The forty eight year old only realised she had Grade 3 cancer due to her 11 year old implants pushing out a lump. Scarily, this would have been completely missed, had she not had the cosmetic surgery some years earlier.
Soraya, who underwent a lumpectomy and weeks of gruelling daily radiotherapy, then launched the courageous campaign in a bid to highlight this issue calling out to others to come and stand alongside her in support. After candidly sharing her story on social media, a whole host of celebrities, politicians, sports stars, companies, community groups, cancer survivors, and those who have been affected by the disease stepped up.
Every year, for the last ten years, Rhy Lewis has organised one of Barry’s best loved music treats. Completely single handedly and with no budget of his own, he brings the best Barry Music talent on stage for one day only as a tribute to one of the town’s most famous musicians – his Dad.
Fabulous fundraiser Rhys Lewis’ annual Neil Lewis Charity Gig has been nominated for Community Event of the Year.
Musician and DJ Rhys has been holding the annual Neil Lewis Fundraiser for ten years. All the bands play for free and all the profits go to charity. He has raised over £15,000 for Charity. For example, this year all profits were split between the Jam Fund, Mind, Marie Curie Hospice, Velindre Cancer Care, Jacob Abraham Suicide Prevention, Noahs Ark Childrens Hospital and Dementia UK. The gig was generously been sponsored by CF6 Lettings and Nailed It Events.
Energetic activist Sue Vincent-Jones has been nominated for Bro Radio’s Good Egg Award.
Sue, a Communications Specialist by day, and blogger by night, is the press and pr driving force behind some of the town’s biggest campaigns, she advocates relentlessly for diversity and inclusion, and regularly speaks out against abuse, discrimination and bullying.
The former Editor and Journalist, supports completely free of charge and in her own time, Gobaith, #theglovesareon Campaign, the Annual Neil Lewis Fundraiser – and any other cause close to her heart.
Sue, known as SVJ, is also Co Chair of PRISM, one of the most visible and successful Staff Networks within Wales and wider UK Civil Service. And was recently awarded an Employee of the Year Certificate at the national Inclusive Companies Awards for her work in this field.
She is a Stonewall Role Model, a School’s Role Model, a Springboard Women’s Speaker, and has addressed many conferences, and held many workshops advocating for inclusion for all.
On the 31st March 2019 Bro Radio will celebrate ten years serving the community and to recognise the occasion they are hosting the Vale of Glamorgan’s first ever Community Awards, sponsored by Wessex Garages Nissan.
With ten awards celebrating the best in business, the third sector, sport and the local community, Bro Radios Community Awards will showcase everything great about living and working in the Vale of Glamorgan.
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Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.
One of Wales Arts Review 100 Women Writers of Wales, the dedicated community supporter, passionate arts lover, and award-winning queer activist, will keep you “informed, entertained and inspired.”
Mrs SVJ, Barry’s Boldest Blogger, can be contacted here.