Boost for school cricket

2017-11-14 06:00
Charitable cricket star JP Duminy (left) and donor Oswin Slade celebrate a donation to Duminy’s school project.

Charitable cricket star JP Duminy (left) and donor Oswin Slade celebrate a donation to Duminy’s school project.

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A former citizen has donated R25 000 to a local development project to help it grow and reach its goals.

Oswin Slade, originally from Stellenbosch but now living in Australia, was on a business trip to Cape Town when he saw an opportunity to give back to local JP21 Project’s u.21 cricket programme at the Newlands Cricket Club on Monday last week.

Slade says after 42 years of living away, he wanted to come and explore his place of birth and bring business with him.

He says after studying the economic situation in the country and the role local organisations play in improving their communities, he felt a need to dig into his pockets and make a difference.

He says he was introduced to the JP21 Project by his cousin and wants to inspire its members to continue their good work through his donation. He says meeting members of the project and seeing their positive response to his donation, made him feel fulfilled.

“Moving overseas created a void in my life. I felt guilty about running away. I had always felt like I owed something to my people and it was fulfilling to be able to make a difference to a local project.

“South Africa is currently going through an economic downfall and a little money goes a long way,” Slade says.

Proteas cricketer JP Duminy says his project is extremely happy with Slade’s good gesture. He says he hopes there will be more opportunities to work with Slade’s company.

Duminy says his organisation currently supports cricket in more than 30 schools, mainly in Mitchell’s Plain, and the donation will help with the costs of various programmes they run for children.

“We need more people like Slade. We are so grateful for his passion and generosity to help over 400 learners who actively participate in the league each week,” says Duminy.

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