No 33: Charitable

Now I admit I hadn’t even thought of this one until now, sitting here, in the wee small hours [UK time] watching TV. It’s the 3rd day of the 2013/14 Sydney Ashes test, or as it’s otherwise known, the Pink test. The mighty SCG has turned into a sea of pink in support of the McGrath Cancer Foundation, a charity set up to by Australian bowler Glenn McGrath and his late wife Jane to help fund specialist breast cancer support nurses across Australia.

The SCG turns pink - picture courtesy of Amy Lofthouse @Amy_Cricket

The SCG turns pink – picture courtesy of Amy Lofthouse @Amy_Cricket

Now I am not suggesting for a minute that cricket and the people involved are somehow more altruistic than people involved in other sports, but in the few years that I have been involved in the sport, I have been very lucky to be involved at some level [usually a photographic one] with several charitable events. Players and fans alike have given of their time and money generously, inspite of a world recession, and I think it’s about time this was shouted about – hence I am declaring it one of our 500 reasons.

On a personal level I have been at events where Murali was raising money for his Foundation of Goodness, a couple of Lords Taverners events and even been along to help support those ‘rogues’ at Test Match Sofa do a 38 hour continuous commentary stint in aid of Red Nose Day.

Gladstone Small, Muttiah Muralidaran, Rob Key and Ronnie Irani raise laughs & money for the Foundation of Goodness

Add in such worthy causes I have picked up on from twitter such as Cricket Without Boundaries and The Broad Appeal amongst many, many others and of course the amount of events and cricket matches held to raise money and awareness for external charities and I can’t help but feel cricket has a very generous and caring nature. So to everyone that has taken part in, or donated to, such an event, I raise a glass of pink fizz to you. Cheers!!

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