3rd April 2019, 09:00
Charity publication to be launched at Jonathan Davies dinner in Cardiff
A charity magazine, which is being published to raise funds for “The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund” and “Scott’s Angels” is to be officially launched in exactly one month’s time, on Friday 3rd May
at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff.
It’s all part of a dinner which is being organised by Welsh Charitables RFC, who are paying tribute to dual code rugby legend Jonathan Davies OBE.
Attendees will be able to listen to three Welsh rugby guest speakers with Jim Mills (Cardiff, Widnes, Wigan, Wales and Great Britain), Rowland Phillips (Neath, Warrington, Workington, Wales and Great Britain) and Robert Jones MBE (Swansea, Barbarians, Wales and British Lions) all giving an insight into Davies’s career. Also in attendance will be a number of former Wales and Lions internationals from both rugby codes.
The charity publication is entitled “100 Months of Rugby League in Wales” which is a 148-page special, primarily reprinting monthly columns that have been written by Wales Rugby League’s head of media Ian Golden, and were published in Rugby League World magazine from January 2011 until April 2015, before the column was transferred to Forty20 magazine following a restructure of the former. There are also many other articles from other top writers that add to the story of rugby league in Wales throughout this decade.
You can pre-order the publication to either be posted worldwide or for collection on the evening. Please scroll down and choose the appropriate option below.
“The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund” raises money to purchase defibrillators for community rugby league clubs and junior teams across the country. These defibrillators cost around £1,000 each and provide potentially life-saving treatment to anyone suffering a cardiac arrest. The charity is named after the Wales rugby league international who died on the field whilst playing for Keighley Cougars on May 3rd 2015 after suffering a cardiac arrest that was caused by a previous undetected, hereditary, heart disease.
“Scott’s Angels” was created to raise money for the family of former Torfaen Tigers and Wales Dragonhearts rugby league player Scott Bessant. In the early hours of August 13th 2017, Scott was found unconscious with multiple fractures to his skull, a fractured neck, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. No witnesses have come forward to any attack and the police have found nothing. Scott, a father of two, is alive but is in a vegetative state. His family and friends continue to fundraise to give him some quality of life.
David Power, honourary secretary of Welsh Charitables RFC, said: “It’s a pleasure to host the launch of Wales Rugby League’s charity magazine at our dinner. Ian Golden will be making a speech about the causes it benefits and there will opportunities to buy the publication on the night.
“It’s all part of what promises to be a memorable evening, a great chance for you to listen to guest speakers from both codes, as well as being able to mix with a number of other rugby legends.
“We’ll also be raising money to support The Princes Trust Cymru, St David’s Hospice Care, Rugby League Cares (of which The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund is a part of), the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust and Velindre Cancer Centre.”
Seats for the dinner are priced at £55 per head or £550 per table of 10. Consisting of a five-course meal inclusive of coffee and a complimentary drink on arrival, it will be a 6.30pm meet for 7.15 sit down. The dress code is smart casual.
Details on how to buy tickets for the dinner can be found at https://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/dinner, whilst more details about the magazine can be found at https://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/magazine.
BUY THE MAGAZINE HERE - £10 plus £3.50 postage - if you are collecting in person at an event, please choose that option and "postage" will be added to bring the total up to £10.