Have you ever stared out of your window at this time of the year, your ‘new year, new you’ resolutions hanging by a thread, the dark winter evenings seemingly endless, dry January...and thought to yourself; ‘I need an adventure’ or, ‘wouldn’t it be great to make a difference?’ Well, this could be just the thing to banish those winter blues.
As a regular traveler for work, boarding flight WB305 from Dubai to Kigali was in itself unremarkable. However, the following four days were truly remarkable for me and below is at attempt to describe why.
On the 15th November I will be heading to Nepal to Trek to Everest Basecamp to raise money for Cricket Without Boundaries [CWB]. I first heard about this charity through Andy Collett whilst playing cricket for Whittington CC. In 2016 myself and Andy went out to Botswana and spent 2 weeks coaching and delivering awareness sessions on HIV/AIDS.
A unique cricket charity is looking for new volunteers to help it increase its impact in delivering health messages through cricket covering HIV awareness; ending FGM and girls’ empowerment; and refugee integration.
Proposed Spring dates
The first half of 2018 has proven an exciting one as several new projects come to fruition including exploring new opportunities in Jordan and the UK. As Cricket Without Boundaries’ continues to grow beyond our HIV-education origins we look to play to our strengths of inclusion and non-discrimination by addressing gender issues, including girls’ empowerment, and refugee integration.
Downend CC’s Thom Manning has been named Gloucestershire’s Coach of the Year for 2018.
Thom won the ECB award for running the county’s biggest All Stars Cricket programme and for his work with cricket development and HIV/AIDS awareness charity Cricket Without Boundaries.
Cricket Without Boundaries are excited to announce a unique cricket project, led by CWB and working in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and global development organisation Right to Play, will be delivered in Jordan, starting next week.
Cricket Without Boundaries is now looking for new volunteers to take part in forthcoming trips to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.
The end of any year always provides a good time to reflect on past achievements.
This Autumn, CWB sent 3 teams of volunteers to Uganda and Rwanda to deliver cricket, while using the game to share messages about HIV prevention and Testing, challenging stigma, and empowering boys and girls to believe they can change their communities for the better.