The British Asian Trust supported next generation of sports champions had an opportunity to meet the England cricket players in a net session at Wankhede Stadium ahead of their fourth Test against India.
Ten girls from the Trust’s rural development project Mann Deshi between the age of 13 and 19 years were present during the session and had a chance to interact with England captain Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Moeen Ali.
The event also was the final day of the Trust's ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal which was launched on 7th September to engage girls and women in South Asia. The girls, who met the England stars had excelled in wide range of events from running to hockey.
The British Asian Trust is one of Prince of Wales’ charities, supports the development of a South Asia that maximises the potential of its people, and that is free from inequality and injustice.
Ali credited British Asian Trust for transforming the lives of the children with their ‘Give a Girl a Future’ program.
“The British Asian Trust is putting incredible work, funds and resources into transforming the lives of thousands in South Asia. The ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal has demonstrated that with the support of the UK public, we have been able to make a massive impact on so many lives in the region.
"It was an eye opening experience to meet some of these beneficiaries today, children from Mumbai who have little hope or future. Their lives have been transformed by the British Asian Trust.”
Richard Hawkes, CEO, British Asian Trust thanked the England cricket stars for accepting the invitation and was glad to end the ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal with a lot of success.
“It’s fantastic to give some of our children this once in a lifetime experience here in Mumbai. These children have been involved in our Mann Deshi project for a number of months as part of our overall livelihoods work in India.
"Today is a special day for us as we bring our ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal to an end. The appeal has been our most successful in the Trust’s 9-year history and we’d like to thank the England team for taking some time out today and spending it with us in Mumbai.”
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