(From left to right) Sophie Evans, member of the Welsh basketball squad, Michael Morris from Pontypridd, Brogan Owen Morris and Kira Smith, also members of the Welsh basketball squad.
MICHAEL Morris from PontyPridd recently (August, 2015) won the use of one of our Nissan vehicles for a weekend after entering a fundraising raffle in aid of the Welsh basketball squads.
The raffle was organised by our Hadfield Road dealership in Cardiff to raise money for the Welsh Under 16 and Under 18 girls basketball squads so they could compete in the European Championships.Gareth Howells, our General Manager at the dealership, said: “We would like to congratulate Michael on winning the raffle. As well as winning a Nissan Qashqai for the weekend with a full tank of fuel he has also won a family ticket to Oakwood Theme Park.
“The Welsh Under 16 and Under 18 basketball squads needed to raise the £9,000 to compete in the European Championships in Andorra and Gibraltar in July to cover travel and kit costs. We were more than happy to help the girls with their fundraising efforts by organising the raffle. We supplied the tickets and the prizes. It was fantastic they could represent Wales at the championships."
The raffle raised £1,700 for the squad. The U16 girls came fourth in their tournament in Andorra. The best the team has ever achieved since entering this tournament. The U18 team came third in their tournament in Gibraltar beating Andorra in a close game winning 51-49 in the last seconds to receive a bronze medal.
Michael, who is 45, added: “I was over the moon to have won the raffle and so glad the money raised went to a good cause."
During the past three years, girls from across Wales have been sought out and selected to form Welsh basketball development squads. From these development squads, two Welsh girls' squads were chosen. Sarah-Jayne Evans, Welsh Team Manager for the basketball teams, explained: “We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to Wessex Garages for helping the girls with their fundraising efforts. Its support was much appreciated. Thank you also to all the people who bought a ticket in the raffle. We hope Michael enjoys his prize."
For more information, please call our dealership at Hadfield Road on 02921 677 650.