Gary is a 34 year old Insolvency Practitioner who, on a day-to-day basis, works with investors/management of businesses in financial distress. Gary admits that whilst being a lifelong cricket fanatic his skill levels have sadly never quite matched his enthusiasm for the game! Gary played for a village side for a number of years as an average leg spinner and useful tail-end blocker, but these days is generally limited to one or two guest appearances each year.
Cricket Without Boundaries will be showcasing the unique way it uses cricket to deliver HIV/AIDS awareness messages at the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2013 which is scheduled to be held from 6 to 23 June in Birmingham, Cardiff and The Oval.
Volunteers from the charity will deliver coaching sessions to local schoolchildren at the Oval on 5 June and then again at Cardiff Wales Stadium on 8 June, with the first match of the tournament, between India and South Africa is scheduled for 6 June in Cardiff.
As the Premier League football season closes, attention (in the UK at least) turns to cricket for the next few months with England playing New Zealand and Australia in Test matches this summer, along with the ICC Champions trophy.
So with cricket enjoying the media spotlight, it is as a good a time as ever to update you with what CWB has been up to for the first part of this year.
CWB are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as the Charity of the year by two organisations.
North Nibley Cricket Club, situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, have chosen CWB to raise funds for projects in Africa. Andy Kinnear said "As a club we were looking for a way in which we could partner with clubs in the developing world. During this search I came across the work of CWB and was immediately struck by the real difference they are making in Africa. There is a lot of enthusiasm to support CWB in our club, and we are looking forward to get started with our fundraising efforts". It is also hoped that members of the club will volunteer on future volunteer projects.
'A-B-C', the mantra that will have left an indelible mark on the memory of every CWB volunteer past or present. 'A' of course stands for 'Abstain', 'B' for 'Be faithful to one partner' and 'C' which is articulated as 'use protection'. At CWB the protection referred to is specifically 'condoms' though elsewhere it has been replaced with 'circumcision'.
CWB volunteers can now donate an unlimited amount of cricket equipment to people in developing countries thanks to a new partnership with LV= SOS Kit Aid.
At the click of a button people can arrange to have their old kit picked up from their home, school or club and delivered to places all over the world including CWB project countries Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda.
Laura a first time CWB volunteer reflects on her CWB experience, an amazing two weeks spent in Northern Uganda.
After a cold beer in the hotel in Arua, my excitement levels were running high. I could tell from the faces of the other Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) volunteers that they were feeling the same. The beer was well deserved as the journey didn't get off to a great start. Two hours in to a ten hour bus ride to our hotel a police officer confiscated our license plates and sent us off to a garage over the road to fix a wheel alignment issue. While waiting we were approached by market sellers offering a range of produce; from straw hats to mangoes... definitely an introduction to Africa!
A picture taken by Cricket Without Boundaries volunteer Lee Booth has been shortlisted in the third annual Wisden – MCC Cricket Photograph of the year competition.
I am one of the lucky people to have benefited from CWB’s visits to Rwanda every year since 2008.
The charity has had a really positive impact on my life, has raised my spirits and made me love cricket even more.
CWB is a charity that tries to use Cricket to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in some of the poorest parts of the world, where the infection rates are on an epidemic scale. A significant part of the problem is that women are treated as second class citizens, both economically and sexually. Since CWB was founded in 2005 one of the key parts has been to ensure that boys and girls play together so that they are more likely to see each other as equals.