The fine art of applying willow to leather – or knocking a batsman’s/woman’s stump out of the ground - will be the focus of a special fundraiser in Lismore with guest speaker Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld , the doyen of English cricket commentators.
Arranged by the Northern Rivers branch of Lord’s Taverners, the event is set for Wed 8 Jan 2014, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm, at Lismore Workers Club Auditorium.
The cost is $25.00 per adult, $50.00 a family (2 Adults + 2 Children under 18), with the bistro open from 5.00 pm to purchase dinner before start of play.
The Blofield event comes amidst the England v Australia Ashes series as well as during the popular Lismore Under-12 Cricket Carnival.
Lord’s Taverners began in London and spread to the NSW north coast in 2009 thanks to the enthusiasm of Stan Gilchrist, an accomplished player and coach, and father of a lad named Adam, whose cricketing feats are well known.
The group encourages participation in sport, particularly by youngsters, the disadvantaged and those with special needs. It raises funds for coaching and the provision of sporting and academic facilities.
At the national level, it supports blind and deaf cricket, Indigenous cricket, and intellectually impaired cricket. Already, more than twenty young North Coast sportsmen and women have been financially assisted in furthering their sport.
At the grass roots level, Lord’s Taverners Northern NSW conducts Twenty20 cricket competitions for Years 7-10 at North Coast schools and an intensive sports camp for disadvantaged youth. Its visits to Tenterfield, helping to re-establish cricket there, have become an annual event.
The sporting charity also funds a scholarship at Southern Cross University for either a disadvantaged student, or for a student who intends to work with disadvantaged youngsters.