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Day 45 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Sunday, 14th February 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, I spent some time formalising the project plan for the cricket charity auction and quiz night which are happening in April. We seem to be progressing well, and I really don’t want to lose momentum on this...

What: Auction/Quiz Planning
Organisation: Cricket Without Boundaries and Bat For A Chance

My sister is a sub-editor for an online sports magazine called Sports Business, so I’ve passed on the auction info so that she can hopefully share it with her network and get us some auction prizes. Hopefully she’ll come through, because as far as the project group is concerned, I have the least to offer in terms of auction prize procurement – so it would be amazing if my sister could deliver (she'll get the credit, obvs. I'll just get credit for being related to her). Most of my sister’s personal connections are in snooker, because she likes snooker in the same way that I like cricket. I like snooker because I love the strategic nature of it and I find it quite relaxing to watch, but I’m still in two minds about whether or not I consider it to be a ‘sport’. For one thing, in the seventies, men used to play it with a pint and a cigarette on the side. Essentially, if you can play it in a pub = not a sport. This also rules out darts as a sport.

Anyway, back to the subject in hand which is cricket (and a real sport). The plan is really coming together, and we now know what we need to do by when which means I’m feeling a lot more organised and pretty good about the project in general. I've been volunteering with CWB for over a year now, and I really like the team there. After the Cricket World Cup in 2019, where I'd had an awesome time volunteering, I was really keen to find a cricket charity to volunteer for. I'm very rarely on Twitter, but I happened to be on there in late 2019 and saw a tweet from Michael Atherton who was talking about CWB, so I thought I'd look them up. I really liked the look of them, and also fancied volunteering for a small charity because you can have a really huge impact when you dedicate your time to a charity with a small team, and they never seem to take help for granted. I also didn't ilke the idea of volunteering for a larger charity that has a team of people who are paid to do what I'm offering to do for free - it doesn't make sense to me. 2020 was a fallow year for CWB, so I'm looking forward to 2021 being a much more active year in general.

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