When we were first setting up CWB in 2004, we were reliant on the goodwill of people we had never met, and their belief that CWB was more than a flash in the pan.
Our first steps into Kenya were made through the Foreign Office and a link to Adrian Radcliffe who is involved with the Nomads, a cricket club which, amongst other things, plays charity matches in the Rift Valley in Kenya to raise money for local good causes.
Cricket Without Boundaries are pleased to announce that members of the team will be appearing live in the studio on Sky Sports programme Cricket AM on 27th July.
The popular cricket show, now in its eighth season, is filmed live on Saturday mornings from 8.30-10.30am.
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!