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Dream Cricket is one of the most awaited community service projects in the Colombo West Rotary family. Inspired by ‘Dream Cricket Australia’, Dream Cricket Day 2018 was completed successfully on Saturday, 17th February 2018. Rotary Club of Colombo West in partnership with Sir Donald Bradman Foundation and the Movement Disorder Foundation Australia, together with Rotaract Clubs in the Colombo West Rotary family, executed the project for the sixth consecutive year at Boys’ Industrial Home Ground, Colombo 6.

Differently abled children of different ages were given the opportunity to enjoy a day of cricket with their friends. The project was also aimed to improve the self-confidence, self-esteem and social skills of differently-abled children through the game of cricket. Several activities were arranged at different stations of the playground and children were facilitated with cricketing equipment specialized for differently-abled. The assistance needed for children was provided by young Rotaractors from Rotaract Clubs of Alumni of University of Moratuwa, University of Moratuwa, National School of Business Management, American National College and Colombo West.

While around 140 differently abled children were enjoying the day, former cricketing legend, Mr. Aravinda De Silva enlightened the event at the conclusion with his presence.

All the participants were awarded medals by Mr. Aravinda himself. After a sumptuous lunch, the DJ music triggered the spirits of everyone, including the children, parents, teachers, Rotaractors and Rotarians, thus marking the end to a day filled with smiles and happiness, thus showcasing the beauty of the game of cricket.

It is just a game for us, but a DREAM for them!

By Rtr. Pasan Kandamby

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