Impressive efforts to support the local community have earned European recognition for Pontfaen YFC in Brecknock.
Rural Youth Europe crowned the YFC Inspirational Club of the Year at its recent awards, held at the European Rally in Austria.
Judges were impressed with the club's community-centric approach, as well as the way they organised fundraising events.
An illuminated tractor run raised more than £5,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance and The DPJ Foundation’s Books Project. The club had also managed to gain national news coverage, helping to highlight rural young people and their community impact.
Meg Powell from Erwood YFC represented Wales at the European Rally and accepted the award on behalf of Pontfaen YFC. Meg said the club “should be tremendously proud” of its achievements.
Pontfaen YFC is gearing up for this year’s tractor run, with proceeds from the event being donated to Prostate Cancer and the Velindre Cancer Centre's Arctic Blast Expedition 2024 in Wales.
Club President Nic Williams is preparing to undertake a challenging 100km journey across the Arctic Circle in a span of seven days.
Former Pontfaen YFC member Steffan Evans was also a runner up in Rural Youth Europe's Inspirational Person of 2023 for organising a Pride event in his local town. Steffan was inspired to be an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in rural areas after taking part in Rural Youth Europe’s Autumn Seminar in 2022.