Bankstown District Cricket Club has helped to brighten the lives of hundreds of young kids in Africa this Christmas, sending another shipment of cricket gear, clothing and toys to Uganda. This is the 11th year of a partnership between the club and the Uganda Cricket Association, where members and Bankstown locals have sent donated goods to those most in need.
This year, 198 kit bags and cartons were filled with sports equipment and clothing that had been donated by clubs, Cricket NSW, individuals, schools and businesses. A consignment of toys donated by the parishioners at the HopePoint Church in Georges Hall has also been sent, and will be distributed to children in local orphanages.
President of the Uganda Cricket Association, Richard Mwarmi is extremely excited about the latest shipment.
“Having gear and clothing to use for our national, regional and club teams and being able to supply kits to schools, has seen our participation increase from just over 10,000 in 2006, to more than 60,000 today.
“We are so grateful for the generous people in Australia for supporting this program, and for the Bankstown Cricket Club who are now famous in Uganda for what they do”.
Bankstown Cricket Club President, Scott Grant says they’re extremely proud of the program.
“This is obviously making such a huge difference to the growing cricket community in Uganda. I would like to thank all those who donated equipment and I would particularly like to thank Bankstown Sports Club, which has covered the cost of shipping every container.
“We are very grateful to President John Murray, his fellow directors and CEO Mark Condi, as this program would not exist and could not continue, without the club’s ongoing support”.