Life-changing injury gives rise to life-giving water

A Welsh teenager has scaled the summit of the “Old Man of Coniston”, despite having suffered a life-changing injury.

Rhys Whiting, 15, from Blaenavon took on the challenge to provide the rural community of Tudun Bazai in Kano, in Northern Nigeria with clean water.

In 2019, Rhys sustained 33 fractures to his right knee when a wall collapsed on him.

But, after surgery to pin his knee in place, Rhys was determined to help others. And has raised £5,000 by climbing 803 metres above sea level.

Father Linus Barau, Parish Priest of Tudun Bazai said, “It is a great joy for the community to know that they will soon have a borehole to supply good, clean drinking water, especially at this time when some parts of the State are suffering from an outbreak of cholera.

“This project is apt and timely.

“We are very grateful to Rhys and all who have supported him in rendering us this assistance in a time of great need. Thank you, and God bless you all!”

• Rhys is pictured with his parish priest, Canon David Hayman.

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