SOUTH Yorkshire League cricketer Gareth Davis has been selected to take part in the forthcoming Cricket Without Boundaries project in Kenya.
The 28-year-old, captain of Premier Division Wickersley CC, is one of seven UK cricket coaches selected to join the two-week expedition.
Volunteers will use the promotion of cricket as a tool to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the country.
“Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a great charity and I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to go out to Kenya with their team,” said Gareth who is South Yorkshire’s Cricket Development Manager.
“It promises to be the trip of a lifetime but there’s a serious side as well.
“CWB uses cricket to teach local youngsters the importance of protecting themselves against HIV and AIDS.
“We use cricket metaphors to address the AIDS awareness message – such as using a bat to protect the stumps or not playing risky shots. “Sport is such a powerful tool to get a message across and in Sub-Saharan Africa nothing is more important than helping the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
He added: “I have had fantastic support from Wickersley Cricket club, other South Yorkshire clubs and players for this trip and without their support then leaving (behind) resources and aid for the youngsters would not happen. I would like to thank everyone for their support in helping us achieve this.”
Anyone who is interested in sponsoring Gareth on his Cricket Without Boundaries project to Kenya can do so by donating at justgiving.com/Gareth-Davis0.
Meanwhile, The next meeting Sheffield Cricket Lovers Society sees Lancashire CCC Chief Executive Jim Cumbes, a former cricketer and footballer, as guest speaker on Monday, February 21 at Abbeydale Park.
BBC Radio 5 Live sports broadcaster Pat Murphy has been confirmed as visiting Wombwell Cricket Lovers Society on March 3 after being forced to pull out of his December visit.