Help two cricketers achieve their dreams

2019-11-20 06:00
Connor Blair (left) and Banele­ Cele need your help to secure their spot for the Shedders Academy Cricket Festival Tour to Sri Lanka.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Connor Blair (left) and Banele­ Cele need your help to secure their spot for the Shedders Academy Cricket Festival Tour to Sri Lanka.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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A PIETERMARITZBURG woman has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help her son and his friend raise funds after they were selected for the Shedders Academy Cricket Festival Tour to Sri Lanka.

According to cricketer Connor Blair’s mother, Samantha Blair, both boys represented Glenwood High School’s U17 second XI cricket team during the September school holidays at the Kookaburra Festival held at Glenwood High School in Durban.

“During this festival, players were chosen from the participating teams in the combined festivals taking part in KZN during the school holidays and given letters of invitation to the specialised Shedders Academy Invitational Cricket Tour in Sri Lanka in June 2020,” said Blair.

She explained that the reason she is raising funds for the 16-year-olds’ tour is not only because they are struggling to afford the trip, but also because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Sharing the cost of the tour, Blair said the boys need to raise R38 720 each.

“Each child already paid a R5 000 deposit in October to secure their team spot and place on the plane. We are in receipt of their confirmation letters. This deposit is not refundable and, if we cannot make the boys’ combined next payment deadline of R14 000 by November 30, then they lose not only their spots on the team, but will place the whole tour in jeopardy and we will also lose our R10 000 deposit already paid,” said Blair, emphasising that the families can’t afford to lose the deposit.

She added that the full tour fee covers airfares, taxes, insurance, transport, matches, playing kit, accommodation and meals, activities, and touring and the tour culminates in the final evening’s awards dinner and ceremony before the boys return to Durban.

“Connor is a Pietermaritzburg boy through and through. He was born in PMB and attended Grade RR and Grade R at Merchiston Preparatory School and Grade 1 to Grade 7 at Scottsville Primary where he represented all age group A teams, and first team for two years,” said Blair, adding that she has tried to fundraise for Connor and his best friend, Banele Cele, by means of approaching local businesses passionate about cricket, making use of social media networking, and by opening a BackaBuddy account that is entirely managed and administered by BackaBuddy, with payments of donations being made directly to tour organisers by BackaBuddy for the donor’s peace of mind.

“By November 30 both boys again have to pay R7 000 each, with two more R7 000 instalments each being due by January 30 and March 30, 2020 respectively, with the final balance due on April 30, 2020,” said Blair.

She emphasised that any assistance given to Connor and Banele would be appreciated, saying: “The boys have worked very hard. They are so dedicated and passionate. They really deserve this life-changing opportunity and to see the possibilities open to them if they continue to work hard and perfect, love and honour their chosen craft, cricket.”

Their BackaBuddy crowdfunding campaign can be found at


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