Scotland’s national cricket team backs STV Appeal

04 Aug

Image: Donald MacLeod

Scotland’s national cricket team is supporting Cricket Scotland’s nationwide ‘Cricket-a-thon’, which is being held in aid of the STV Appeal on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August. 

Cricket Scotland is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the event to raise funds for the charity, which helps children affected by poverty in Scotland. To be part of the event, all participants have to do is make a donation to the STV Appeal and pick up a bat and ball in a location of their choosing – such as their local cricket club, a specially organised event, or their own back garden.  

Taking part in the cricket-a-thon is easy and can be done anywhere, but events will be taking place at various places across Scotland, details of which will be announced soon. 

Donations can be made at events or via www.justgiving.com/stumpuptoplay.  Additional information can be found at www.cricketscotland.com/stvappeal

It is anticipated that new players, established club members, their families and school children from across the country will take part in this exciting weekend.  There are over 200 cricket clubs in Scotland, many of which will participate in the fundraising.

Many of Scotland’s professional cricket team, who are currently preparing for the Cricket World Cup taking place in Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015, will participate in events across the weekend.

Scotland and Durham player, Calum MacLeod, said: “The ‘Cricket-a-thon’ is a really exciting event to be a part of, and the STV Appeal is a fantastic cause. It would be brilliant to get as many people involved as possible, so please pick up a bat and ball, make a donation, and try your hand at bowling a couple of overs!”   

Michael Leask, who plays for Scotland’s national cricket team and Stoneywood Dyce said: “It’s really easy to get involved with the ‘Cricket-a-thon’ STV Appeal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played cricket before, the ‘Cricket-a-thon’ is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at something new and raise some cash for charity.” 

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland said: “Cricket is one of the fastest-growing sports in Scotland and the ‘Cricket-a-thon’ is a great way to introduce people to the sport, whilst raising money for a truly worthwhile cause. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to play cricket on the 23rd and 24th of August, and would also welcome people to come along to special events to join in the fun.” 

Elizabeth Partyka of STV Appeal said: “A huge thank you to Cricket Scotland for getting behind the STV Appeal with this fantastic fundraising event. The Cricket-a-thon is set to be a fantastic weekend for cricket fans up and down the country, so whether you're a club member or arrange a game with friends in your local park, please make it count by donating to the STV Appeal and help our fight against child poverty in Scotland. 

“The STV Appeal 2014 is now underway with lots of exciting fundraising activities and we hope to make this our best year yet.”

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