Umpires support Australia and New Zealand charities
By Naman Trivedi
Melbourne / Ahmedabad: Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has made two separate donations of USD 10,000 each to the Fred Hollows Foundation in Melbourne and Ronald McDonald House Charities in Christchurch.
Over the last number of international tournaments, the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has nominated charities to make a donation in the respective host countries. This year it has selected a charity each in Australia and New Zealand.
Commenting on the initiative, Steve Davis, who is the spokesperson for the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Executive, said: “We are delighted to support the Fred Hollows Foundation, which does so much outstanding work nationally in Australia, especially with indigenous children and around the world.
“Ronald McDonald House Charities does an enormous amount of good across New Zealand and globally to alleviate the plight of families whose children are undergoing treatment in hospitals and medical centres by providing accommodation, thus ensuring a level of normality at what can be a challenging time.
“The panel of 12 Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires is conscious of its role to help promote the game and act as positive role models within the cricketing community. We are delighted to make this contribution and hope that it can help the Fred Hollows Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities with their important work.”
The cheque was presented by the umpires ahead of the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to representatives from the charity, including CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Brian Doolan, who commented: “Like this World Cup tournament, Fred Hollows was a giant on both sides of the Tasman in Australia and New Zealand and also reached out to so many countries around the world.
“His work began with indigenous Australians in some of the most remote parts of the country and today, Fred’s dream to end avoidable blindness lives on through the work we do in Australia and cricketing nations around the world.
“This generous donation from the ICC’s Elite Umpires will help keep Fred’s spirit strong by funding the important work we do with indigenous Australians.”
Meanwhile, a cheque was also presented by the umpires ahead of the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to representatives from the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Christchurch, whose CEO Wayne Howett, said: “Anyone involved with international sport will know how hard it can be when you are away from loved ones for extended periods of time. Imagine then the circumstances of separation being a result of a child’s illness – it really does take its toll.
“So I would like to personally thank the Match Officials for their thoughtfulness; their generosity will help RMHC continue to ensure that Kiwi families who have needed to relocate for their child’s treatment can remain together and strong at one of our home away from homes.”
Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires: Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Kumar Dhamasena, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker
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