Rotarian Ron does it again for Ty Gobaith

Wed 18th February 2015

When veteran Rotarian artist and sculptor Ron Organ lost virtually everything in the devastating St Asaph floods of November 2012, he admits that he virtually gave up hope of ever painting again. Ron describes his feelings at the time, saying:

When veteran Rotarian artist and sculptor Ron Organ lost virtually everything in the devastating St Asaph floods of November 2012, he admits that he virtually gave up hope of ever painting again. Ron describes his feelings at the time, saying:

At the age of 82 it was heartbreaking to see so many of my paintings and sculptures under water, along with all my other possessions. I basically lost all heart and motivation.

The flood waters were so high that Ron had to be rescued by boat from his house and studio in Mill Street, St Asaph and was out of his home for over 6 months, but he has now fought back to open a newly refurbished studio alongside his home.

The floods also prevented Ron from raising funds for his favourite charitable cause, the childrens hospice Ty Gobaith in Conwy.  Over recent years Ron and St Asaph Rotary Club have raised thousands of pounds through raffles and the sale of his work and  his autobiography.  His contributions were honoured in July 2014 when the national UK President of Rotary, Peter King, visited Rons studio to heap fulsome praise on the reluctant painter. During the visit Ron was presented with a special tribute which he now treasures -  a painting from the children of the hospice.

After the floods Ron initially assumed his fund-raising days were over, but, undaunted, over Christmas, he decided to hold a special open day at his new studio, in aid of the hospice, serving wine and refreshments to the many visitors who took the opportunity to view Rons work and learn more about his unusual artistic techniques. During the day, incredibly, the sale of Rons signed prints raised 1,000, and a cheque for this sum has now been presented to  Ty Gobaith senior fund-raiser, Eluned Yaxley. Eluned was delighted and commented:

This is absolutely amazing. Ron and St Asaph Rotary Club have done so much for us over the years and I cannot believe that Ron has bounced back at the age of 84 to once again think of us in this way; we are so grateful and he is a very special person

Ron, who has not been in the best of health recently, commented in typically modest fashion.

The work done by the staff of Ty Gobaith with these unfortunate children is heart-rending and puts everything else into perspective. I and my Rotary Club colleagues will continue to do everything we can to assist in every way possible

But Ron isnt finished yet. If you missed the opportunity to visit Rons studio in the new year, he is considering hosting another Open Day in the summer. WATCH THIS SPACE.

To find out more about St Asaph Rotary Club contact Club secretary John Dicks on 01745 583 824 or e-mail john.w.dicks@hotmail.co.uk