The Cardiff Eisteddfod Local Fund today reached its target of £320,000 with almost a month to go before the start of the festival
Welcoming the news, Chair of the Executive Committee, Ashok Ahir, paid tribute to the volunteers who have worked tirelessly for almost two years to ensure the success of the festival which is held in Cardiff Bay from 3-11 August.
He said, “It’s excellent to be able to announce that we’ve managed to reach the Local Fund target. The team deserve this success and I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard in the name of the Eisteddfod across the city for almost two years.
“Raising money is never easy, and the economic climate remains challenging, but the team have persevered and have found ingenious ways to fundraise over the past few months – from running races and climbing mountains to organising historical guided tours, selling champagne and producing an ‘underground’ map of the city.
“It was great to see so many young people on the team, many of whom had never been part of a campaign like this before, and I hope they’ve enjoyed the experience and that many of them will continue to organise events and activities in their community in the future.
“I am also grateful to everyone who supported us by coming to the events. Every single event has played its part in the success of the Local Fund, helping us to reach the target. I was delighted to see so many new faces joining us to support the Eisteddfod, as well as the familiar stalwarts who have done so much for the language in Cardiff over the years.
“There’s less than a month to go now, and we need to be encouraging as many people as possible to join us on the Maes during the week. I am keen for us to encourage new visitors, those who have never been to the Eisteddfod before, to join us for a taste of the festival, the language and our Welsh culture.
“Thank you to everyone for all the support so far in reaching the target, and I look forward to welcoming everyone to the Bay from 3-11 August for an Eisteddfod and a week to remember.”
For more information go to www.eisteddfod.wales.