Gigs organised for memorial to Carway cancer teen Steffan Rees
A GROUP of Carway youngsters have got together to put on a series of gigs to raise funds for a memorial to an inspirational teenager who died of cancer aged just 17.
The Carway Youth Committee are to host three concerts this year to raise funds for a memorial skate park for Steffan Rees, who died from a very rare form of sarcoma cancer on February 13, 2012.
The popular former Maes Yr Yrfa pupil, who was a keen skater and musician, is remembered fondly, and friends hope this will be the perfect memorial to him in the village.
One of the organisers, Kelisha Jones, who grew up next door to Steffan said: "After Steffan passed away, we all thought we needed to do something in his memory as he was a big part of our lives, and it affected a lot of people.
"He was a good friend to everybody he knew and he is sadly missed. "
Co-organiser Liam Evans, 20, of Bron Gwendraeth, who was a good friend to Steffan said: "It was a very difficult time and everyone had to pull together and be there for each other.
"Steffan was a keen skater and he would have loved one to be here, so the hope is to try and get enough money to create one here."
Cryfhau Cymunedau, which is part of RDP Sir Gâr's Innovative Hubs project, has supported and encouraged the group with the planning of the gigs.
The project can assist community groups and individuals by arranging meetings, consultation events, awareness sessions, skills and capacity building workshops and seminars.
The gigs will feature music from bands such as The Banditos along with Dirty South — which is made up of Steffan's brother Dan and close friends.
Steffan's mum, Clare said that it was lovely that the event was being held where the youngster grew up.
"We could not think of a more fitting way to remember Steffan," she said.
"We understand that putting an event on like this takes a lot of time and effort by the youth committee and to think it is being done in Steff's memory is quite emotional — we are very grateful.
"It is still very difficult for us as a family and we miss him every day. It's hard being without him, and keeping his memory alive is a very important thing to us as a family.
"We would like to thank the youth committee for organising this and I hope everybody supports the event to raise money for the memorial — but in a community like this I'm sure they will."
The first event will be on Saturday September 14 from 6.30pm at Carway Hall, and future concerts take place on October 5 and November 2. Tickets, which are limited to 150 cost £5.
To purchase yours contact Dan on 07772 571378, Liam on 07964 270422 or Kurt 07772 790220 or visit the Facebook page 'Official — Let's Rock Cancer'.