As we write this 6 volunteers from Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust are on their way to Uganda with Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) and are currently savouring the delights of breakfast in Addis Ababa during their 3 hour stopover at the Ethiopian Airport. Claire Marris, Neil Atkins, Martin James, Darren Bicknell, Phil O’Brein and Ken Kirk set off from Heathrow at 8 o’clock last night. If you would like to hear more about the group’s travels Phil will be blogging at Uganda2012 or you can follow them on twitter – @CWB_UgandaCM and @philobr
A seventh volunteer from the Trust, Rachael Dyer, will be heading out to Botswana with CWB in April and you can keep in touch with Rachael via their blog at Botswana2012 or follow on twitter – @CWB_Botswana.
The group have paid for their own flights and will meet all their living expenses. They have also raised funds to buy sports equipment that they will leave with the communities as part of the legacy. They will spend two weeks living in remote village getting kids to play cricket and developing the skills of local teachers and volunteers to coach the game. Along with bringing communities together and giving kids the opportunity to play sport they will also raise HIV/Aids awareness. So far the group have raised just over £6,000 and if you would like to support them you can donate at Just Giving – every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated.
CWB has been going for over 5 years and operate in 4 of the poorest African countries – and so far have coached 700 new coaches and brought cricket and spread the HIV/Aids awareness message to over 20,000 children. You can find out more and how you can volunteer for a future project on their website.
We are sure you will join us in wishing the volunteers good luck and I hope you enjoy reading about their adventures.