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Tom Lyes

10km

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I’m really excited to announce that I’m returning to Uganda with Cricket Without Boundaries in March 2020![/p][p]This year my fund-raising efforts will see me run a rural 10km in the Wirral on January 4th, I also hope to run 1 or 2 events to support my efforts. [/p][p]Before embarking on my first trip to Africa earlier this year with Cricket Without Boundaries I really didn’t know what to expect. What I found was a nation that was warm, welcoming, stunningly beautiful and full of fun and laughter. Uganda soon held a special place in my heart. [/p][p]Before I ask for your support I think it’s important that I share with you some of the work we do as a charity whilst we are there:[/p][p]A big part of fund raising goes to maintaining a legacy once we as a team have left the country, in Uganda a big part of the legacy is our local CWB ambassador “Manny”. Manny lives and breathes cricket and is an inspiration to me in the way he has turned his life around. He continues the great work of the charity once we’ve returned to our real lives back home. [/p][p]A typical session with a school will see us coach anywhere between 200-400 children for 1-3 hours in 1,2 or sometimes 3 different sessions. We will typically visit between 2 and 4 schools a day. The Cricket part is all about fun, relay games, competitions, catching, laughter and hitting the ball as far as they can. Whilst the cricket is happening the absolutely critical part of what we do is relaying key messages around health and social care in terms of HIV prevention via a method known as A = Abstain B = Be faithful C = Condoms T = Test. We will do this at the start, during and at the end of sessions. [/p][p]Those of you who followed my trip earlier this year will remember seeing a host of whiteboards with children writing on them which we do to re-enforce learning within this area. [/p][p]The sessions are fast paced, full of laughter and are enjoyed by everyone. The adrenalin you get as a CWB coach following a session is up there with any sport fuelled adrenalin I’ve ever had. [/p][p]It’s not a holiday though, it’s bloody hot, your stomach is all over the show at the start of the trip, most of the fields don’t have grass, you’re down in the dirt, you have to improvise regularly, nothing goes to plan BUT hand on heart it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life! I’ve made friends for life and met some truly special people. [/p][p]This year I’d really appreciate your support, if you saw the thousands of smiles I posted from the children last year I like to think you’d agree it’s a truly worthy cause. [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

04 Jan 2020

Supporters

Dec 5, 2019

Karen B

Proud of you Tom - fantastic to hear how many children you influenced on your trip last year.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Dec 4, 2019

Anonymous

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Dec 4, 2019

Katrina Bevan

Well done Tom!

£5.00

Dec 3, 2019

Callum Southall

Good luck pal, all for a good cause

£10.00

Nov 17, 2019

Dad

Run forest run

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid