The annual Bowral DreamCricket was held on Friday 28 October at Bradman Oval. The weather was cool and misty, with intermittent drizzle creating English summer weather conditions. There were many primary school students with special needs, from as far afield as Queanbeyan, Wollongong, Nowra and Liverpool. There were also an equal number of high school students participating, allowing those who had graduated from the primary school Dr to progress further with the development of their skills. A total of 248 students from 24 schools participated on the day.
Rotarians from across the State as well as from Queensland and Victoria came to assist and to observe the processes that have been developed locally since the beginning of DreamCricket in the Southern Highlands, seven years ago. Volunteers from Bowral and Moss Vale High Schools, Oxley and Chevalier Colleges and Tudor House assisted with the activities. They were enthusiastic and got great pleasure from helping young people with disabilities to have a wonderful experience.
Rotarians from the three Southern Highlands Clubs, members of Inner Wheel and a large group of helpers from the Uniting Church put in a lot of effort to make sure the day was a success.
Several highlights worthy of mention include the attendance of Clown Doctors Dr. Quack and Dr.Snoozy who delighted the children with their antics, Daniel Rumsey, a former student of Moss Vale High and DreamCricket Ambassador who attended with his many gold medals for swimming and former Australian cricket captain, Steve Waugh, who arrived in time to assist with the presentation of the DreamCricket medallions to all students at the end of the day. Adding to the excitement each student received a tee shirt and a stress ball and Highlands FM Radio 107.1 did an outside broadcast presenting the activities to their audience.
DreamCricket Chairman Rina Hore said that a $15,000 grant over three years from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust was greatly appreciated and enabled the Bowral DreamCricket Day to become the model for conducting DreamCricket Days across Australia.