At the end of the final day of the last round of the season on Saturday most players will be looking forward to having a bit of time off or jetting off to play cricket overseas. Wellington Firebird’s Matt McEwan is eyeing up a different prospect though, McEwan who has been out injured since mid January with a stress fracture of the fibular is taking his skills to Sri Lankan to help out the Cricket Live Foundation.
Alex Reese discussed the Cricket Live Foundation he founded and how McEwan has become involved:
“In 2008 I was on a schoolboy tour to India, put together by the Willows Cricket Club in Christchurch. With me on that tour was Matt McEwan. We were 16 at that time and were exposed to a part of the world we never knew, and probably never wanted to know existed. There was a harsh divide between the rich and poor; the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.
After living in Mumbai in 2010, I decided to formulate a plan to use Cricket as a way to develop the education and life skills of children living in the Slums. I was exposed to this way of life through a number of my close friends over there and it didn’t sit well with me. This was the start of the Cricket Live Foundation.
The Cricket Live Foundation uses Cricket as a vehicle to develop the life skills and education of underprivileged children, and provides them with a pathway for their futures. We currently operate in Sri Lanka in partnership with the MJF Charitable Foundation; the charitable arm of Dilmah Tea. We work with over 300 Children, 500 parents and various community groups.
Matt McEwan, a great friend of mine – despite his move north! – will be spending time volunteering at the Cricket Live Foundation in April. He will be helping with coaching, managing our local coaches and assisting our management with future programme planning. It will be fantastic to have Macca on board and I know it will be valuable for us having him over there, as well as a great learning experience for him.”
McEwan (24) has played 20 first class matches after making his debut for Canterbury in 2011 and moving north to Wellington into 2014. The fast bowler has already taken 39 wickets for Wellington and is one of the front line seamers in the side. Matts 2015/16 season has been a frustrating one with the injury he sustained and he believes this is a perfect outlet to keep him involved in cricket for the next couple of months and give back to a game that has already offered so much.
He will be providing updates to us over his trip and we will keep you up to date with the experience he is gaining. Firebirds fans will be looking forward to seeing McEwan back on the field for the start of the 2016/17 season and wish him all the best with his injury recovery.
For more information about the Foundation please visit: www.cricketlivefoundation.org and to donate to Matts Givealittle page which will be going towards raising funds for this project visit: https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/cricketlivefoundation2016