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Off to Patagonia

Monday 15 January 2018

Cardiff's Morgan James (16) has earned himself the experience of a lifetime by gaining selection for a select group of Welsh schoolchildren who will spend two weeks in Patagonia in October later this year.

Patagonia is, of course, a region of Argentina in South America which was settled by Welsh emigrants in the nineteenth century and where Welsh is still spoken.

Morgan, who speaks Welsh and attends school at Cwm Rhymni, was amongst 130 or more from all over Wales who, last September, applied for twenty five places in the group to visit. Seventy five were interviewed in order to pick the final twenty five and each applicant had to explain why he or she wanted to go to Patagonia.

The group will fly to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, and then travel on to Patagonia where they will visit primary schools, help with community work and take part in an Eisteddford; when they will be formed into a choir.

The visit is organised annually by the Welsh Youth Movement (Gobaith Cymru) and is part of a programme to maintain cultural links with the Welsh community in Patagonia. It will be both educational and a valuable experience for all those taking part.

In order to be able to take part, Morgan has to find £2,575 to cover the cost of travel, etc. and has already started to organise some fund raising activities. He has opened a website to help with his fund raising and if anyone would like to make a contribution you can find his website at https://www.gofundme.com/urdd-volunteering-trip-patagonia

Morgan is a talented and loyal member of Cardiff AAC and is improving steadily in his events as well as doing extremely well in school. We wish him well with his fundraising and that he will enjoy his trip to Patagonia.