Events can vary from raising money to improve local club facilities or supporting children and youth teams to a wide range of other important causes. S4C's appeal will help to raise awareness of key causes through its programmes and personalities.
It is an appropriate time to launch the appeal as S4C prepares for its coverage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in September and October. Other rugby coverage includes the Magners League, Heineken Cup, The Konica Minolta Cup, The Principality Premiership, the French league and cup, seven-a-side, world rugby and rugby league
The appeal follows another sporting initiative by S4C. In November last year, the channel launched its Golf Scholarship Fund in which scholarships were awarded to two promising young Welsh golfers including a master class with Ian Woosnam.
S4C Director of Commissioning Rhian Gibson said: "Sport is a key component of S4C's output, with rugby a prominent feature of our autumn schedule. This year's appeal demonstrates S4C's commitment to sport in Wales at community level. "
Gwyn Jones said: "The Hybu Rygbi appeal is a great way to help communities and rugby clubs throughout Wales raise money for causes which are important to them. We hope that a wide range of projects will benefit from S4C's unique offer of support. After my serious rugby injury, I was glad of the support I received from a number of organisations, both rugby-related and otherwise. I hope other people can now benefit through S4C's appeal."
If you are interested in organising a fundraising event which is related to rugby and want S4C's help, please visit www.s4c.co.uk/support for details or contact the S4C Viewers' Hotline on 0870 6004141.