Last week more than 120 cricketers from the Sri Lankan community participated in the annual Friendship Cup at Jamison Park in Penrith.
With the support of Sydney Thunder, the event featured a full day of cricket competition, with players representing their former schools from Sri Lanka.
“Sydney Thunder is committed to supporting community groups to enjoy cricket and celebrate culture and diversity,” said Sydney Thunder Acting General Manager Chris Botherway.
“We know that cricket brings people together and it provides a great way to increase community connection.”
Last month, Sydney Thunder also visited the Foundation of Goodness in Seenigama (South West Sri Lanka) to donate cricket equipment and uniform that had been collected from across the Thunder Nation.
The Foundationof Goodness is a Sri Lankan charity that supports local communities through a range of holistic development programs, including sport and other extra-curricular activities.
The cricket equipment and uniform was donated to the local community in Jaffna (Northern Sri Lanka) which will aim to inspire and motivate young girls and boys to participate in cricket.
Founder of the Foundation of Goodness Kushil Gunasekara recognises the importance of sport as a development tool for young girls and boys in the community.
“The sports profile is an integral part of the Foundation of Goodness productive activities of which cricket plays a significant role,” said Gunasekara.
“As such, the association with Sydney Thunder gives rise and greater strength towards empowering the rural disadvantaged communities to lead an active lifestyle by engaging in cricket and other sports.”
Whilst the work between Sydney Thunder and the Foundation of Goodness is in its early stages, Gunasekara sees plenty of growth on the horizon.
“The collaboration that we envision with Sydney Thunder could create avenues for better opportunities, enhancing training standards, cricket gear and the exposure which rural under-served kids would not be able to access in harnessing their talent and skills to reach greater heights given their potential as per our experience over the years,” said Gunasekara.
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