As Indian and South African cricketers performed on the field in the just-concluded three-Test Freedom Series, funds accumulated for charities through Willowton Group’s Sunfoil Education Trust.
A total of $54,055 (SA Rands 641,000) raised during the Test series will go directly to young South Africans in disadvantaged communities. These funds will enable the charity organisation to sponsor promising young township cricketers, offering them an invaluable opportunity to pursue a future cricketing career.
The Willowton Group donated $85 (R1,000) for every four, $169 (R2,000) for every six and $211 (R2,500) for every wicket taken during the series between South Africa, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as well as the South Africa – India series. While South Africa came out on top in all the series, Willowton Group’s generous donation is ensuring there are many more winners out there, Cricket South Africa has stated in Press release.
The most recent amount brings the total to more than $476 million (R5,644 million) raised for the Sunfoil Education Trust since its inception in the 1995-1996 domestic cricket season. This has enabled twenty-one talented township cricketers to attend some of South Africa’s leading schools, among them Glenwood High School in Durban, Somerset College in Cape Town, Hudson Park High in East London, Cornwall Hill College in Gauteng, Louis Botha Technical High School in Bloemfontein, Upington High and Kimberley Boys High.
The selection of each bursary recipient is a thorough process with candidates having to complete the Sunfoil Township Cricket development programme – a coaching scheme for disadvantaged youngsters. Those showing potential will make the Sunfoil development squads with only the most outstanding players becoming eligible for the bursary scheme. Once chosen, the recipient will receive funding for school fees, uniforms and hostel costs with continuing cricket coaching alongside academic studies.