Pontypridd Canal Conservation Group
Written by Gavin on 17th May 2016
Photo – www.pontypriddcanalconservation.com
The Pontypridd Canal Conservation Group have been chosen to benefit from the world’s first Global Giving Circle.
The Community Foundation in Wales has launched the first ever global giving circle (think of it as a match-funded crowd funding campaign) to support five ‘Welsh Treasures’ from all over the world which celebrate Wales’s heritage, language, and culture.
The Global Giving Circle is a safe and easy way for people who love Wales to support Welsh communities around the world.
Donations to the Global Giving Circle will allow the group to hire the tools they need to breathe life into a significant area of Welsh industrial heritage.
Many decades on from the demise of Welsh coal, there are only two lengths of the Glamorganshire Canal still in water – at Forest Farm, North Cardiff and at Pontypridd.
The project relies entirely on the group of mostly retired local volunteers.
Their next plan is to remove a large reinforced concrete dam installed as part of a conversion of the lock chambers into water tanks in the 1950s, which will be no small task, especially as the intricacy of the space means that the work can only be carried out by hand.
You can support the Conservation Group by making a donation on the Global Giving Circle JustGiving site.
This will be matched and result in a grant from the Community Foundation in Wales to the project.
If you have a twitter account please do join in with the social media campaign by tweeting #Ilovewalesfrom… and saying and showing where you are.
All donations received up to the £5,000 target will be matched pound for pound, and split equally between the five ‘treasures’ which are in North America, Patagonia, London and Wales.
Once this target has been reached, all additional donations will go to the Foundation’s Fund for Wales endowment to build sustainable funding for under-the-radar Welsh community projects, and will also be matched by the Big Lottery match challenge.
You can read more about the other chosen organisations on the Fund for Wales website.