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Bhatia and Jayawardena Initiate School Cricket Bag Gifting Project

http://sportsinfo.lk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Mahela-Jayawardena-Ashan-Malalasekera-and-Kusihl-Gunasekera-present-the-equipment-bags.-Photography-Damith-Weerasinghe._resize.jpghttp://sportsinfo.lk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Mahela-Jayawardena-Ashan-Malalasekera-and-Kusihl-Gunasekera-present-the-equipment-bags.-Photography-Damith-Weerasinghe._resize.jpgBhatia and Jayawardena Initiate School Cricket Bag Gifting Project

50 School Cricket Equipment Bags Sponsored by Shyam Bhatia Gifted by Mahela Jayawardena together with the Foundation of Goodness

50 school cricket equipment bags were gifted to rural schools by Mahela Jayawardena together with Muthiah Muralidaran and Roshan Mahanama as facilitated by the Foundation of Goodness on Wednesday the 31st of January 2017 in Colombo.

These cricket equipment bags were sponsored by Shyam Bhatia from UAE who is the founder of Alam Steel, one of the largest steel companies in the Middle East. A first class cricketer in his youth, Bhatia also initiated his Cricket for Care Foundation in 2007.

The equipment bags were handed over to Mahela Jayawardena, legendary cricketer and trustee of the Foundation of Goodness who organised to distribute them to rural schools across Sri Lanka as facilitated by the Foundation of Goodness in an initiative to develop the game island-wide, paving the way for young players to overcome difficulties and develop their talents on the field which is the mandate that the Foundation of Goodness espouses.

He was joined by former cricketers, fellow FoG Trustee Muthiah Muralidaran and Roshan Mahanama as well as FoG Trustee and Chairman of Arinma Holdings Ashan Malalasekera and FoG Founder/ Chief Trustee Kushil Gunasekera in handing over these bags to the 50 school teams island-wide.

Mahela Jayawardena, Ashan Malalasekera, Kusihl Gunasekera, Percy Abeysekera and David Cruse with the 50 school teams. Photography Damith Weerasinghe._resize

“I would like to thank Mr. Shyam Bhatia for giving us this opportunity which will make a real impact towards developing the game of cricket in rural Sri Lanka by giving these teams a chance to play with some great equipment, which is a fantastic opportunity,” said Mahela Jayawardena.

“I am very happy that I had this opportunity to join Mahela in handing over these bags. We have worked together for many years with the Foundation of Goodness to help talented players around the island to advance in their game and I hope this will help more cricketers to come up, particularly since these equipment aren’t affordable to a majority of rural talented cricketers.” Muthiah Muralidaran said.

Muthiah Muralidaran, Roshan mahanama and Kushil Gunasekera with the 50 school teams. Photography Damith Weerasinghe._resize

The Foundation of Goodness

The Foundation of Goodness (FoG) was established in 1999 to bridge the gap between the rural and urban populations. Operating principally out of Seenigama, the devastation caused by the 2004 Tsunami was a great challenge to overcome, which was seen as a chance to turn a setback in to a blessing by rebuilding the village even better. Establishing the MCC Centre of Excellence and adding a Sports Complex, Diving and Training Centre and three outlying Village Heartbeat Projects the Foundation grew to deliver humanitarian services to over 30,000 beneficiaries from over 50 villages annually, free of cost, via its 30 productive empowerment sectors.

When the years of conflict came to an end, the Foundation of Goodness extended its development activities to the post-war North & East of Sri Lanka and have been working in the North since January 2011, with uninterrupted monthly visits to introduce, maintain and expand a variety of sports, livelihood and welfare programs, educational initiatives, and village infrastructure development programmes reaching 21,000 beneficiaries, rebuilding their lives speedily.

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