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Falklands cricket team on sports and PR tour visit Jamaica

Friday, December 7th 2012 - 05:41 UTC
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Team captain Ian Betts and Major Edward Lyons from the Courtney Walsh Foundation (Photo: W. Sill) Team captain Ian Betts and Major Edward Lyons from the Courtney Walsh Foundation (Photo: W. Sill)

The Falkland Islands cricket team on a tour in Jamaica presented the local Courtney Walsh Foundation with a cheque of 1.500 dollars during a reception to welcome the players, reports The Gleaner from Kingston.

The Falklands team is in Jamaica on two-match promotional tour made the presentation at a welcome ceremony held at the British High Commission on Monday night and hosted by High Commissioner Howard Drake and wife Jill.

“A part of our tours to various countries is to identify a charity organisation,” said Falklands captain Ian Betts.

“We heard of the Courtney Walsh Foundation and said 'what better organisation to assist, given the work they do using the sport in communities?'”

The Courtney Walsh Foundation uses cricket as a tool to assist 'at risk' youngsters in inner-city communities, disability cricket and cricket for change initiatives in correctional facilities.

“We are delighted to be chosen by the Falkland Islands as their charity of choice,” said Major Edward Lyons, vice-president of the Courtney Walsh Foundation.

“The work that we do is numerous and with every assistance that we get we appreciate, as we know it will be used to assist persons in need.”

The ceremony, which was attended by a number of Jamaican political and corporate dignitaries, also saw Jamaica Cricket Association president Lyndel Wright applauding the donation.

“The development of cricket is multi-faceted and some of these areas include cricket for at-risk youths, the less fortunate and those who are undergoing rehabilitation,” said Wright.

“The Courtney Walsh Foundation has been doing a good job at this, and with donations like these, it can only assist in them carrying out their functions.”

The Falklands, an International Cricket Council Americas associate member, played their first match against Clarendon Masters at Port Esquivel on Tuesday and were scheduled to play at the same venue with a Jamaica Masters XI.

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  • Diddles

    Great to see the Falkland Islands cricket team playing abroad.....a good development for the game on the Falklands and also an excellent way of making the Carribean region more aware of the with the sponsored trip of Carribean and Central American journalists to the Falklands, this all helps promote the cause of the right of the Falklanders to determine their own future, free of interference from neo-colonialists in the name of Argentina.

    Dec 07th, 2012 - 12:42 pm 0
  • gustbury

    u$s 1500,seems to be too much money!!! hahaha

    Dec 07th, 2012 - 12:52 pm 0
  • Britworker

    Oh dear, an OAS member acknowledging the Falklands, someone won't be happy about that!

    Dec 07th, 2012 - 01:24 pm 0
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