There were no
bugles for a clarion call, no drummers and
no exotic dancers but the President of Sri
Lanka Cricket and the Deputy Speaker of the
Sri Lankan Parliament, Thilanga Sumathipala
flanked by the Sports Minister Dayasiri
Jayasekera, Arundika Fernando the Deputy
Minister of Tourism and Medha Laud of the
ECB pressed the button to launch the Cricket
Aid Website amidst a tumultuous applause
reverberating the hallowed Long Room at
Lords on Saturday June 4th.
A very fitting inauguration or shall we say
the relaunch of Cricket Aid by Sri Lanka
Though belonging to diverse ethnicities
practicing different religions the Sri
Lankan people unite as one team in their
passion for cricket. SLC promotes the theme
One Team One Nation in an effort to rally
the cricket loving public together as one.
A very informative video presentation on the
facts and figures of the project to combat
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) was provided by
Shift.LK This included interviews with
sufferers as well as doctors providing
first-hand information on this illness.
The guests were given a very clear
understanding of CKD and the dangers it
presented. Statistics indicate that 2000
people die of this disease while around
20,000 are admitted to hospitals annually.
The disease is most prominent amongst poor
farmers. The reasons for this epidemic is
lack of or limited access to clean drinking
water and shortage of dialysis machines to
treat those afflicted.
The aim is to support these farming
communities by offering much needed medical
and financial assistance as well as
Bats signed by Sri Lankan Cricket heroes
Aravinda, Sanath and Sangakarra amongst
others were auctioned to fund raise and
attracted bids in the thousands.
The after dinner speech was by Graham Gooch
who gave valuable hints and advice to our
cricketers highlighting the importance of
concentration. He also gave an insight to
some of his experiences as a developing
cricketer highlighting the game in which Viv
Richards made a record breaking quickest
hundred mercilessly pulverising Emburey and
also narrated the dour encounters with his
then captains Geoffrey Boycott and Ian
The vote of thanks was by Sarath Abeysundera
the UK representative for SLC.
And it was close of play with Cricket Aid
the only official charity supported by the
Sri Lankan Cricket Board having ‘Thousands’
on the score board and hopeful of donations
from the next day and weeks.
If you would like to donate, the bank
details are as follows:
Account: Sri Lanka Cricket – UK
Sort Code: 40 – 28 – 06
A/c No: 34582365
For more information, contact: 07980 211939,