It could be down to Bray Park humanitarian Ray Wilson if a new generation of Nepalese cricketers beats Sri Lanka one day.
Mr Wilson, of Bray Park, was a recent home-building project volunteer in Nepal with humanitarian organisation Habitat for Humanity.
Before leaving Pine Rivers, he approached Albany Creek Cricket Club, based at Brendale, to see if they could help in providing sporting equipment. “I was surprised by the generosity of the club president Steve Casey, who made available used bats, pads, wicket-keeping gloves and balls,’’ Mr Wilson said.
The volunteer team of 14 went to Jhapa Region, a remote rural region in the southeast of Nepal, to build a concrete-floored, bamboo-walled house for a family.
“The average income of this area is about $US71 a month and severe poverty is widespread,’’ Mr Wilson said. Children wore the same clothes for 3-4 days and never had any toys to play with.Volunteers took time off to play simple games with the children with a Frisbee or a football, entertaining up to 30 children for hours.
At the end of the project, one of the local boys was selected to be the “sports captain’’ for the community and was entrusted with looking after the cricket gear for the children.
“This boy, aged about 11 or 12, does not attend school as his parents cannot afford the cost of public schooling,’’ Mr Wilson said. “Thanks to the generous donation of this equipment, this boy has now had his spirits lifted and his social standing raised among his peers.’’
That lad could become a future captain of the Nepalese cricket team, perhaps.
Contact Habitat for Humanity by email:[email protected] or phone 0299197000.