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Government boost to grow Thunder's community programs

12 March 2019

Jason Sangha and Belinda Vakarewa with Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams

NSW Liberals and Nationals pledge to support initiatives in Western Sydney

The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has pledged to invest $450,000 over four years to support Sydney Thunder’s community programs in Western Sydney.

Through a variety of initiatives, Thunder strives to give back to the community and grow the game of cricket. Each program aims to inspire all participants and has a focus on inclusiveness, ensuring cricket is a sport for all.

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon welcomed the funding announcement, which will benefit more than 5,000 young people and 160 teachers across 80 schools.

“Cricket NSW and Sydney Thunder are thrilled to see the NSW Government partnering with us on this important initiative to promote social cohesion in Western Sydney,” Mr Germon said.

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said the program will target multicultural communities in Western Sydney.

“Sydney Thunder is a popular club with many families in Western Sydney, particularly amongst members of our multicultural communities,” Mr Williams said.

“The funding will support programs such as the Thunder Leadership Program, Professional Development for Teachers, Junior Thunder Nation Cup and Multicultural Cricket Gala Day.”

Rising star Jason Sangha said he’s proud to be part of a club that is committed to making a real and meaningful difference to the community.

“It’s the best time to be a young cricketer in Australia right now. I think this initiative is really going to help these kids in Western Sydney try to pursue cricket,” he said.

“Obviously my background being Indian, I think it’s fantastic to see how much of an effort Thunder makes to give back to the community. I’m very proud to be part of this club.”