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SURREY PARTNER WITH RWANDAN CHARITY

Surrey CCC Have Agreed A Partnership with the Rwandan Cricket stadium Trust – Making the Charity the Clubs’s official International charity Partnership.


The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF), a charity to build the first International cricket facility in the east African country of Rwanda, with facilities for education and healthcare programmes, has partnered with the club for the next five years.

Eric Dusingizimana, the captain of the Rwandan cricket team, was at the Kia Oval this week to help celebrate the partnership. As well as watching club training, ‘Captain Eric’ – the current world record holder for the longest non-stop cricket net (51 hours!) – met club ground staff and administrative staff and was shown around the ground.

Surrey CCC will continue support Evelina London Children’s Hospital as the club’s domestic charity partner. That partnership is now in its third year and has so far raised over £120,000 in funds for the Waterloo based organisation.

RCSF was started by a group of English cricketing enthusiasts, including three Surrey CCC fans, to support the fledgling sport which only arrived in Rwanda in the wake of the 1994 genocide. It boasts a number of high profile supporters, including West Indian great Brian Lara, BBC Test Match Special’s Jonathan Agnew and Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as current England women’s captain Heather Knight.

The new partnership will see the club donate £10,000 to the charity immediately and committing to raising a further £40,000 over the next five years. It will also involve Surrey CCC sharing expertise about ground maintenance and sustainability, with staff from both countries expected to carry out exchange trips.

As well as the new partnership, Surrey will continue to support the Surrey Cricket Village in Sri Lanka, where a first-class cricket pitch and community hub in the village of Magonna, which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, was built following fundraising from Surrey around a charity T20 match.

Speaking about the agreement, Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said: “We have been working with the RCSF for a little while now and are delighted to be extending that into a formal partnership. Cricket can be a tremendous uniting force and the work they are doing to build an international facility in Rwanda is a superb example of this that the club are delighted to support.”

Alby Shale from the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation added: “It’s great to partner with such a prestigious organisation. We thank Surrey for their support and look forward to building a future for cricket in Rwanda with them over the next five years.”

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