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BCEW make donation to project in Ghana

21st May 2015

Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW) have recently been able to donate 26 blind cricket balls to fellow charity Farm4Life who will use them for there Sportz4All project in Ghana, West Africa.

The project, also involving Hampshire VICC and The Change Foundation, is bringing blind cricket to a large school for the blind in Akropong.

BCEW Vice Chairman Dave Gavrilovic commented: “BCEW are not a large charity. We aren’t often able to make donations so it is really pleasing for us that, as we make the transition to a new blind cricket ball, we have been able to donate some of our remaining stock of the old one to such a good cause. I would like to thank Hampshire VICC captain Ian 'Tiny' Morris for bringing the project to our attention.”

A previous donation of balls, cricket equipment and rules from Tiny meant that Farm4Life were able to introduce in Ghana for the first time the art of visually impaired/blind cricket at the Akropong school.

Lloyd Clewer of Farm4life commented: “We were delighted to receive donations and advice from HCC, Hampshire VI and now BCEW - it has meant a new direction for the charity.

“Without their help we would not of had the privilege of introducing the art of VI cricket to some of the children at the School for the Blind at Akropong.
“Even those children who did not take part in the game, sang, danced and played drums, anything they could hit to make a beat, it was a joyous occasion. The day after the game I was interviewed on Ghana Radio XYZ Sports about my thoughts on our visits to the school for the blind. I quoted, 'it's not where we are at, but where we are going, always have a vision to achieve'.”

Lloyd recently went back to the school and he was impressed by the children's improvement and love of the game. The school has just over 400 blind and visually impaired children starting as young as three. Many of the children are abandoned and most of the children were not born blind, but they have been made blind by preventative things such as measles, river blindness or glaucoma.

When Farm4Life first went to the School for the blind in 2013 to teach the game of cricket they invited some of the Ghana cricket players and coaches to come with them. This led to the Ghana Cricket Association receiving the ICC Spirit of Initiative award for the whole of Africa. Other donated cricket equipment, which was shipped out in a container last year, has meant that the Ghana Sports Council were able to promote cricket to many schools throughout the country.The school, which has very few resources, is a safe and happy environment for the children. Over the years Farm4Life has donated different types of sports equipment, sports kit and musical instruments.

For more information on Farm 4Life and their projects please visit www.Farm4Life.org.

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