Despite the rain and poor weather, 5 members of staff took on the gruelling task of cycling to and from the majority of the college group’s campuses in just one day.
Setting off from Dolgellau’s Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor campus at 7am, they made their way to the Pwllheli, Glynllifon, Bangor, Llangefni, Rhos-on-Sea campuses, finally arriving at Rhyl at 6.43pm. Other staff members joined them for part of their journey, and the cyclists were greeted at each campus with refreshments and words of encouragement.
Over 200 other members of staff took part in sponsored walks between college campuses, with over 50 taking part in the walk from Rhos-on-Sea to Rhyl.
Elsewhere, staff got involved in litter picking in a variety of locations, from the beaches of Dinas Dinlle, Llanddwyn and Rhos-on-Sea, to Llyn Padarn in Llanberis.
Others visited local charities and organisations to volunteer - such as some members of the Busnes@Llandrillo Menai team - who spent the day helping out at ‘Partneriaeth Ogwen’, a social enterprise based in Dyffryn Ogwen.
The Engineering and Construction Department at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor visited Ffestiniog Railway’s Boston Lodge facility, where they got hands on with maintenance and repair work.
Staff based within the Food Technology Centre in Llangefni got involved in litter picking, clearing footpaths, trimming bushes,digging up weeds and emptying recycle bins at Holyhead Breakwater Country Park.
Eifion Owen, Programme Area Manager at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, organised and took part in the cycle challenge from Dolgellau to Rhyl. He explained,
“The 122 mile cycle ride took us to most of the group’s college campuses spread across 4 North Wales counties. We encountered what felt like 4 seasons of weather too - including the monsoon-like season in Pentrefelin near Cricieth!”
“We stopped by the St David's Hospice shop in Pwllheli to meet the fantastic volunteering team there. It’s been a pleasure raising money for a local North Wales charity who have supported so many local people. Their dedicated and compassionate staff do a fantastic job when people need them most".
Moya Seaman, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Skills Manager, took part in the walk from Rhos-on-Sea to Rhyl, she said,
“I walked with five or six different groups whilst on the walk, it was really great to chat with people I don’t normally work with or see very often. The Community and Volunteering Day is a fantastic opportunity to catch up and raise money for a great cause at the same time.”
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