Last month I announced to the World via Twitter that I finally knew my status.
This wasn't my relationship status, or my Facebook status but in fact my HIV status. After years of telling anyone who would listen about the importance of regular HIV testing, I finally took a test myself!
2013 marks the third consecutive year in which Cricket Without Boundaries has benefited from the generous support of the Woodward Charitable Trust. The trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and generally supports small to medium sized charities across a number of areas including community and social welfare, the arts, environment and education. The money received from the trust has been directed towards projects in Rwanda, and have helped make the visits to that country some of CWB's most effective and memorable.
CWB's work in Rwanda and Kenya will continue between projects after the charity appointed its first ever ambassadors.
The three coaches – two in Rwanda and one in Kenya - will be employed by their country's cricket associations through grant money supplied by CWB.
They will work in schools, universities and orphanages, coaching cricket with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS education.
David Murray joins us in the new year as the Charity's first CEO, after four years as Chief Executive at The Green Party - where he oversaw rapid growth of the party's membership and fundraising, and it's breakthrough into the UK parliament in the 2010 general election.
Speaking about his appointment, David said ''I am really excited about this appointment and feel privileged to have the opportunity to take such a fantastic charity onwards in its continued development. I want to help Cricket Without Boundaries to meet its ambitions to expand its operations to cover all of Sub-Saharan Africa so that we can reach many thousands more who are affected by HIV in their communities.''
With just over 6 weeks to go till Xmas, now is as good as any time to reflect on CWB's efforts over the last 6 months.
We had volunteers going out on trips to Uganda, Kenya, Botswana and Rwanda, in the process coaching over 15,000 African children and training several hundred new coaches. That is almost 25,000 coached this year, a record for CWB.
Cricket Without Boundaries is striving to promote open, positive and informed conversations about HIV. Whether you are learning about HIV, living in communities affected by HIV or suffering from HIV, we are championing positive responses.
New CWB chief executive David Murray says he can't wait to begin his first project in Africa after attending the recent training weekend in Coventry.
The 32-year-old, who started his role at the turn of the year, joined more than 40 other volunteers at Finham Park School, in preparation for his upcoming trips to Kenya and Rwanda.
Rob Jones, a first time CWB volunteer, recounts the astonishing events when CWB went to Kinihira.
Bacon and eggs, Greenidge and Haynes, a horse and carriage. Cricket and tea are as inseparable as any combination you could think of, and that almost symbiotic relationship was never more apparent than it was today as we travelled north for the official launch of cricket in Kinihira.
Saturday 8th March is International Women’s Day, seeking to promote equality for women across the world.
UNAIDS cites that gender equality is key in the battle to eradicate the global spread of HIV/AIDS and to break down stigmas. Over the past year Cricket Without Boundaries has worked with some amazing women, both in the countries we visit and with our volunteers. For CWB, getting girls and boys, women and men to play together in a respectful way on the cricket pitch is a key way in promoting equalty and fighting stigma.
On April 6 Rwanda will mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide that saw one million Tutsi and moderate Hutu people slaughtered by Hutu soldiers and militia in just 100 days.
Time continues to play its part in healing the country's wounds but it is receiving a helping hand from an unlikely source – cricket.