Date: 25th October, 2014
Venue: Cardigan RFC, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
Dylan, a police officer based in Pontypridd, was born and brought up in St. Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire, and is a former pupil of St. Dogmaels Primary School and Cardigan Secondary School where he excelled both academically and sportingly. He represented his school and county at rugby and went on to represent District H. of the WRU district structure.
Later, he played and captained Cardigan RFC Youth team and eventually played for the 1st XV. He then left the area to continue his education at Cardiff University. On graduating he joined the South Wales Constabulary.
He suffered what has proved to be a life changing injury whilst playing for Clwb Rygbi Cymru, Caerdydd in Cardiff. He collapsed following a tackle just 40 seconds before the end of the game and was taken to the University Hospital of Wales where he underwent an emergency operation before going into a coma.
Now, a year on, he is receiving 24 hour care at the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.
His friends from school days and Cardigan Youth days are organising a special rugby match to raise money to help support Dylan. The game will be between Cardigan RFC Presidents XV and The Dylan Rees XV and will be played at the King George Playing field in Cardigan, Ceredigion, on Saturday October 25th 2014. Kick-off is at 2.30 pm.
Dylan’s cousin, Jonathan Davies, one of the sports leading pundits and well known international dual code player and TV personality, former British Lions JPR Williams MBE, Tommy David, Tom Shanklin and Brynmor Williams along with other notable former international players are all aiming to attend on the day to lend their support.
As the main aim of the event is to raise as much money as possible to aid this worthy cause, there will be an auction of rare sporting memorabilia and donated gifts, as well as other fundraising activities. The auction is currently live on Facebook, and will continue on the night.
There are numerous ways to support, including buying a fundraising wristband, bidding on an auction item, attending on the day, sharing and liking our Facebook posts, retweeting our tweets, etc. Every little bit of exposure, and every penny raised, really will make a difference.
All proceeds from all donations and purchase will go to the fund, and will help to secure a more comfortable life for Dylan and support for his family in the challenging years ahead.
Links and ways to keep in touch
- Twitter: @dylanrugbyfund
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dylanreesrugbyfund/
- The main event page: www.facebook.com/events/334975993325702
- The Facebook auction page: www.facebook.com/dylanreesfundauction
- TivySide Advertiser article at the time: www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/10283105.Rugby_ace_fights_for_life
- Recent TivySide Advertiser article: www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/11489379.Best_friend_flies_in_for_Dylan_benefit/
- Recent walesonline.co.uk article: www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/family-critically-ill-rugby-player-2493766