Members of the En- more Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) are assuring members of the public that the scheduled fundraiser on Sunday will go ahead as planned, despite the current inclement weather.
The club will be hosting a bar-b-que, softball competition, and display sessions featuring members of the affiliated athletics and karate clubs, all with the aim of raising funds to acquire critical pieces of equipment for its club’s development.
Speaking to this publication on Wednesday afternoon, the members said all systems are in place for Sunday’s activities, confirming that whether it rains or the sun shines brilliantly, the event will go ahead as planned.
They also informed that a meeting was held on Tuesday and another will be held today to finalise the logistical arrangements for the day’s activities, which are slated to commence at 09:00h at the ECCCC ground.
The club, which was recently resuscitated by a group of residents of the area, is embarking on a massive developmental drive, and the first step to ensure that this process is successful is the Independence Day fundraiser.
According to executive member of the club, Taajnauth Jadunauth, the fundraiser will be the largest in the history of the club, which had become dormant for an extended period of time.
“And the proceeds will go towards the procurement of nets more particularly so that we can accommodate more persons practicing in the afternoons. Right now we only practice on one wicket so there is a limited number of players who can bat or bowl at a specific time. If we have the nets then we split the wicket in two lengthwise and we’d be able to accommodate about 40 persons during active practice,” Jadunauth explained.
He added, “We’re also looking at purchasing, if not a cradle, certainly a slip catching machine where two or three people can throw the ball at the net and it bounces back at them. We’re looking to put all those things in place.” Currently, the club has a membership of about 115.
Jadunauth said the support of residents of Enmore and outlying areas is crucial to the sustanence of the club, and as such, he is urging persons to come out and have a day of clean fun, while aiding the process of development.
“More specifically we’re hoping the people in Enmore can support us because it is their children who we’ve taken off the streets, it is their kids who we are trying to develop into better individuals, both at the level of sports and at the level of community involvement,” he pointed out.
“We have about eight softball teams: Regal XI, Floodlights, Trophy Stall and also about two or three female teams taking part. Apart from the softball cricket, we will have one or two races by the Enmore Athletics Club, a karate demonstration…we’ve put together a day’s event that can make it worth the while,” Jadunauth disclosed. Several novelty events are also on the day’s schedule.
Admission to the day’s activities is free and Jadunauth assured that secured parking will be available as the ECCCC is collaborating with officers of C Division to ensure security is in place. (Avenash Ramzan)