The centenary celebrations for Wales’ largest youth organisation begin today with the largest birthday party in the Urdd’s history and an official Guinness World Records title attempt.
Exactly 100 years ago, in an article in Cymru’r Plant magazine Urdd founder, Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwardd, asked the children of Wales to join a new movement called ‘Urdd Gobaith Cymru Fach’, as he did not feel there were enough opportunities for them to use the Welsh language.
A century on the organisation continues to offer children and young people opportunities to express themselves through the medium of Welsh.
This morning, at 10.30am, a virtual Zoom party will be held in the company of S4C presenters, mascot Mistar Urdd and musician Mei Gwynedd.
The Urdd will attempt an official Guinness World Records title by uploading as many videos as possible of individuals, groups and families singing a shortened version of the iconic song, Hei Mistar Urdd, on Twitter and Facebook between 10.45am and 11.45am.
Siân Lewis, chief executive of the Urdd, said over 80,000 people have registered to take part in the celebrations from schools to charities and community groups.
She added: “As a nation, our debt to Syr Ifan’s vision is enormous.
“The Urdd has been a truly unique and innovative movement since the very beginning, and as relevant to young people today as it was a century ago.
“Reaching this special milestone is an opportunity for us to celebrate the Urdd’s story and look to the future.
“The Urdd has provided unique opportunities for more than four million children and young people in Wales to enjoy experiences through the medium of Welsh – from sport to the arts, residential, humanitarian, outdoor activities, voluntary, training, and international projects.
“It is the only organisation that offers such a wide variety to our young people and therefore deserves its place as Wales’ main youth organisation.
“On St Dwynwen’s Day, I call on everyone in Wales and beyond to show their love towards the Urdd by joining the centenary celebrations and help us attempt an official Guinness World Record title.”
Over 418 videos will be needed to break the current record for the largest number of videos of individuals/groups singing the same song on Facebook and more than 250 in the same category on Twitter.
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Alan Pixsley, head of global event production at Guinness World Records, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Urdd Gobaith Cymru on what promises to be a very exciting centenary anniversary celebration.
“Securing Guinness World Records titles is no easy feat and we wish all the participants and Urdd Gobaith Cymru the best of luck with their attempts.
“Our adjudicators look forward to seeing the singing videos and hope that they will be crowning Urdd Gobaith Cymru as record-holders.”
As part of the centenary celebration a new exhibition will open today at St Fagans National Museum of History, and iconic buildings such as the Senedd and the National Library of Wales have committed to flying the Urdd’s flag or to light-up in red, white and green especially for the occasion.