Today marks the launch of an exciting fundraising campaign for Connecting Clubs International's (CCI) newly branded 'Cricket for Equality' project in Biratnagar, Nepal.
CCI are most grateful for all of the support received so far allowing the charity to develop ideas and begin the partnership with the Nepal Cricket Foundation (NCF). Over the last year the project has taken shape and CCI will be travelling out to Nepal in February 2017 to deliver 'Cricket for Equality.'
This project recognises the role that sport has in society. It allows people to address pressing social issues in a setting that they are comfortable with and allows new modes of conversation. CCI will be working with the Nepal Cricket Foundation to strengthen the level of cricket in Biratnagar through coaching sessions, donating equipment and making the club a focal point in the community.
From this position, CCI and NCF, will set about raising awareness and providing a space for discussion around gender equality issues. NCF is an inclusive club, open to all and it is through further strengthening its position in the local community that 'Cricket for Equality' will drive lasting social change, using sport as the catalyst.
To make this project a success funding is key. CCI are so grateful for all of the generous support received so far. So today marks the launch of a brand new crowdfunder campaign, aimed at spreading the word about CCI, NCFand the Cricket for Equality programme. The target is £6000, an amount that would make an enormous difference to ability of this programme to succeed.
So please have a look at the fundraising page and consider donating to a cause close to all of our hearts and together help drive meaningful change in Nepal.
Friday night saw Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management and development consultancy, host a Connecting Clubs International T20 fundraiser in Cambridge.
With teams made up from the both the London and Cambridge offices, a glorious evening at the CASS centre greeted the players in a game played very much in the right spirit. With all players batting and bowling and with 5 runs lost for every wicket keeping track of the scores was, at times, a little tricky and the game was indebted to the scorer from the Cambridge office who did a remarkable job!
In the end, in front a cracking crowd of Mott MacDonald employees and a few boisterous workers from the near-by Cambridge University Press, the side containing CCI's very own Angus Berry came out on top. Performance of the evening came from Alex Henderson who showed his skills both with bat and ball to swing the game in his team's favour.
A BBQ followed and thanks to the generosity of players and spectators alike CCI raised a total of £387 towards work in Nepal.
CCI would like to thank everyone that took part in the game and in particular to James Knightbridge and Divesh Mistry of Mott MacDonald for organising and hosting the game. It was a cracking evening for all involved and talk of a repeat next season was on everyone's lips.