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Live cricket with Stephen Fleming
Founder of Cricket Live Alex Reese said: 'Coaches and teachers from New Zealand are responsible for educating a large pool of local coaches, who in turn are responsible for running our initiatives.'
The recent coaching program was conducted by former New Zealand national cricket captain, Stephen Fleming. 'I am here through the New Zealand Cricket Live Foundation to give life skills and cricket skills to young, promising cricketers from poor backgrounds,' said Fleming as he went onto talk to the students on the benefits of developing as a person and cricketer.'
Afterwards, the one-hour cricket skill session with Fleming aimed to develop the life skills and cricket skills of these children. One such boy, Tharindu Dilshan (13) said: 'I am so grateful for this magnificent opportunity to learn from a cricketing legend. I go to the Puwakaramba Methodist Maha Vidyalaya (High School) nearby and we hardly get the chance to have cricket practices like this.' Tharindu is also an MJF Kid who has been coming to the MJF Charitable Foundation for over an year for the after-school support classes they conduct for underprivileged children in the community.
The cricket skills program also gave four Sri Lankan cricket coaches of similar needy backgrounds as the children an opportunity to learn from the Cricket Live Foundation's cricket session and planning and active learning methods.
Coordinator of the MJFCF/CLF initiative, Sanjeewa Silva said: 'It is highly motivating for our coaches to share and learn from the experiences of a cricketing legend.
'Through the support received by Cricket Live Foundation, I have seen marked difference in the children. The CLF core-values of respect for family and friends, nutrition and healthy living, self-discipline, team work, punctuality and time management have been instilled in these young cricketers and their future looks bright,' said Silva.
-Life through Cricket' is a collaborative programme between the MJF Charitable Foundation and Cricket Live New Zealand. In additions to the three outdoor practice nets at the De Zoysa stadium at Moratuwa that got a face lift when the Cricket Live New Zealand team did a cleanup of the site earlier in March this year, it was refurbished by the MJF Charitable Foundation. Currently, 240 kids grouped into three groups of 48 each + 96 practice cricket along with four coaches who teach them life skills lessons on five days of the week, after school, at the stadium, and at the Uyana Kanishta and Sunanda Upananda MV schools in Moratuwa.
Dilmah launches The Genesis Project
Dilmah’s ‘The Genesis Project’ recently launched at the birthplace of Dilmah Tea in Maligawatte – will be an innovation hub and centre of excellence for Nature-based solutions. It will be an incubator that births and nurtures agripreneurs to reach their fullest potential and conquer international markets. And a home for industry experts and food and agri entrepreneurs to gather, share knowledge and inspire each other.
A Cup Of Kindness Goes A Long Way
With the help of your cuppa the Dilmah MJF Charitable Foundation and Kahawatte Plantations have joined hands to support the Suwa Seriya Ambulance Service. We have pledged our commitment to allocating 7 ambulances to 7 District Hospitals across the country, including DGH Nawalapitiya, Base Hospital Kahawatte, Glencairn District Hospital Dickoya, Teaching Hospital Nuwara Eliya, Kiribathgoda, Point Pedro and Teaching Hospital Batticaloa. Staying true to our Founder Merrill J. Fernando's purpose, with every cup of Dilmah you sip, 15% of the profits go towards serving humanity with kindness to people & nature!