Newsletter February 2018
Chair – Don Stephens (Dubbo, NSW)
Secretary – Murray Paterson (Orange, NSW)
Treasurer – Geoff Tancred (Orange, NSW)
Board members: Peter Dell (Warragul, Vic); Kevin Donaldson (Adelaide, SA); Craig Edmonston (Yeppoon, QLD); Mary Brell OAM (Orange, NSW)
2017 was a very busy year with Dream Cricket expanding not only throughout Australia but also to Nepal
Some 2017 Highlights
YOUNG – 19/10/2017
More than 90 students & many teachers, carers & Rotarians converged on the Young PCYC Stadium for a day of Dream Cricket.
Brendan Crause,Head Sport teacher from Hennessy Catholic College brought a band of cricket minded helpers to the venue & quickly set up the stadium for action. Buses brought primary students from Young District Schools & from Cowra & Cootamundra.
Activity started at 10am & all the students including helpers from the Special Needs unit at Young High School had a great day. A sausage sizzle followed & team leaders presented medals of participation to the students.
All present commented on what an enjoyable day it was & the children proudly showed off their medals.
At Wade Park Orange there were 120 students from the various schools around Orange. There were also 30 outstanding helpers who were just as enthusiastic as the students. They came from Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Orange High School and James Sheahan Catholic High School. The helpers were outstanding and should be congratulated for their wonderful support
Andrew Gee, Federal Member for Calare presenting medallions
Phil Donato, State Member for Orange, very enthusiastic
Also at the Orange Day were 8 young people of the Alternate Schoolies Group to Nepal. These young people were due to head off to Nepal for their Schoolies experience. They were training to run Dream Cricket at some of the Schools in Nepal where they would volunteer
Lightning Ridge August 2017
80 students from as far away as Goodooga came to the fun day at Lighting Ridge School. Once again, the senior students were the helpers on the day and certainly gained from the experience
South Australia- Rostrevor College 4 December 2017
A very successful day attended by 180 students and Neetan Neetan newly trained DreamCricket representative from South Australia at Rostrevor College in the foothills of the Mt Lofty ranges in Adelaide on 4 December 2017. The event was held in conjunction with Special Olympics and involved each student playing one or more DreamCricket activities at the same time as completing 6 other different sports.
Chairman Don Stephens visited Central Queensland and worked with Wayne Litherland in Rockhampton where 40 students attened a clinic. In Gladstone Nathan Fletcher organised an excellent clinic with 45 students in attendance. Chris Foley ran a great day in Bunbdaberg with 45 special needs students at a clinic.
Board member Craig Edmonston from Yeppoon is planning to target Northern Queensland, Mackay and the Gold Coast for 2018. Past District Governor Des Lawson is speaking at Rotary Conferences for Districts 9630 and 9600 and is looking to expand the program in those areas.
Under the leadership of board member Peter Dell of Warragul Rotary Club considerable progress has been made in expanding DreamCricket in the Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula Area of Victoria. A number of clinics have been held in special needs schools.
There are plans to expand the program to Bendigo in 2018
A wonderful gala day was held at Kingtston Oval in Canberra in March 2017 organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise under the leadership of Jonathon Lyall supported by Rotary e Club Brindabella and former DreamCricket Chairman Bruce Harvey. The event was officially opened by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and was attended by 140 students from special needs classes in the ACT. We just managed to complete the event before it rained but the students had a great day.
Hawkesbury NSW 25 October 2017
The Annual DreamCricket Gala Day was held under the direction of Anthony Miller on Wednesday 25 October. This involved around 100 students from a variety of special needs classes in the Hawkesbury Area. This event is well supported by the Rotary Clubs in the Hawkesbury Area and the students love it.
Bowral 27 October 2017
Unfortunately the weather gods did not shine on us in 2017 and significant rainfall overnight and in the morning meant that all the hard work in preparinga super day at Bradman Oval came to nought. We did however have 3 trainees Steve Smith (not the Australian Captain) from Gerringong on the South Coast of NSW; John Britton from Canberra and Neetan Neetan froim Adelaide who went through a training program and are qualified to run the event on nthe South Coast of NSW and in South Australia.
The committee were entertained by the Bowral Cricket Club to lunch and heard many tales presented by Merv Hughes
32 “Schoolies” were involved in the Dream Cricket Program in 2 Schools in the Chitwan District of Nepal
Reflections from, “Schoolies” about Dream Cricket in nepal
“…..volunteering enlightens those who give, just as much as those who receive. Rotary’s Dream Cricket captured this perspective of the effects of volunteering for me. The smiles and joy on all of the children’s faces unquestionably exposed the positive effects of volunteering in a local community, however the new understanding and appreciation that I acquired for people with disabilities was of equal importance and gratitude. Nepal has not only allowed me to push myself further than ever before”
“Dream Cricket continued to amaze myself with how lucky I am. These children live in such a poverty-stricken country, however their eagerness to participate in physical activity on a hot day was just astounding. Their smiles and excitement when they hit the wickets was beyond beautiful. This was such a once in a lifetime opportunity and made my heart smile.”
“Dream Cricket was the day I felt the full strength of 'Service Above Self' and it left my wanting to do more, not just in Nepal but Australia as well. I remember saying, 'I'm tired but my heart isn't'.”
An Invitation is extended to become Associate member of DreamCricket. The annual subscription is $25.00
You will not only help progress this wonderful program but you will also be kept up to date with the wonderful work of volunteers around the Country who are involved
Further information about Dream Cricket and how you can be involved:
Contact: The Secretary, Murray Paterson