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Star-studded Cricket match raises funds for Rwanda Aid

Celebrity cricket match takes place at Tonbridge School

3 Jun 2019
A celebrity cricket match hosted at Tonbridge School, in support Rwanda Aid has raised more than £35,000.

Stars including Sir Ian Botham, Keane frontman, Tom Chaplin (WH 90-95), TV presenter, Chris Hollins (WH 84-89) and former England rugby player Rob Andrew were among those taking part in the event on Friday 24 May.

They were joined by England’s chief national cricket selector Ed Smith (WH 90-95), and former Test cricket players Gladstone Small, Rob Key, Paul Parker and Andy Whittall (Director of the Tonbridge Society). 

The T20 contest, which was played on The Head and well attended by the public, saw the Sir Ian Botham XI narrowly defeated by the Rwanda Aid XI.

Funds raised during the event are going towards one of the charity’s latest projects, the Alivera Centre. Named after a young girl who lost her life to epilepsy and neglect, the new centre will assist young people with disabilities and help these children access education and training. 

Watch BBC South East Today's coverage of the event below:

David Chaplin OBE, Chief Executive Officer for Rwanda Aid, said the event had been a huge success.

“Thanks to the wonderful generosity of everyone who came to our cricketing fundraiser at Tonbridge, work on our Alivera Centre can now begin. We work closely with the local community, identifying the most pressing problems, and this new development is a major step forward. Helping the disadvantaged and disabled is central to the charity’s work.”

The fundraising on the day was further boosted by a lunch, a raffle and an auction, which included prizes such as a flight in a Tiger Moth, platinum tickets for a Keane concert, and a round of golf at Sunningdale with Sir Ian Botham.  


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