The Proteas in partnership with the ICC Cricket for Good and UNICEF gave aspiring young cricketers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with their heroes in Birmingham on Monday. Several players and coaches held a coaching clinic at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground for young girls and boys from the area, an initiative promoting the #OneDay4Children campaign which is aimed at helping transform children’s lives around the world.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is a platform to engage the world on the plight many children face around the world, and in doing so, will ensure that One Day every child will have clean water, One Day every child will have enough to eat and One Day every child will have the chance to play. #OneDay4Children is helping children learn, play and be healthy through cricket.
Proteas fast bowler, Lungi Ngidi, says it is pleasing to see cricket play a role in helping the children of the future.
“I personally always enjoying interacting and motivating youngsters,” he said after the activities. “As cricketers, we have a big responsibility to play as role models and this initiative really targets an important and often forgotten part of our future. Hopefully the efforts today and throughout the World Cup will go a long way in making sure the quality of life of all disadvantaged children around the world improves.”
Proteas all-rounder, JP Duminy, hopes the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup platform will help raise the profile of the #OneDay4Children campaign.
“As a father, I know first-hand the vulnerability that children are under,” he explained. “There are many less privileged children across the globe and initiatives like the #OneDay4Children highlight that fight, but they also take the lead to change that narrative. Every child should have the opportunity to access the basic essentials to live a danger-free and healthy life. For the Proteas, our role is more than just cricket, I hope we will make a lasting impact on a lot of the youngsters here today, who knows, we might even see them on the international stage one day,” he concluded.
The Proteas face New Zealand in their sixth ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Wednesday. Play is scheduled to start at 10h30 local time (11h30 SAST).