Rwanda Cricket RCSF Patrons Dinner
On Wednesday 3 May, hundreds of guests congregated at the Kia Oval Cricket Stadium, the home of Surrey County Cricket Club, for a fundraising dinner in aid of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF).
The foundation has been raising money for the construction of the first, international standard, cricket facility in Kigali, Rwanda. The not-for-profit cricket ground will ensure that Rwandans, no matter their background can have access to one of the world’s most popular games.
The ground has been designed to create a positive environment for Rwandans to spend time. A free HIV testing service, is also available.
On the evening, business giants were in attendance along with former Prime Minister, David Cameron, who is the patron of the RCSF and has been in support of the cause since its beginnings. During the evening, a number of inspiring speeches were made, one of which was fromDavid himself. His address covered the importance of the organisation and how cricket can be used as a tool for reconciliation.
Since it was established, the RCSF has raised more than £1m for the construction project, and at this event a further £150,000 was pledged, a staggering figure which will make the organisation’s dream a reality. The ground is expected to open in October 2017.