The Australian Transplant Cricket Club is playing the Great Britain Transplant Club at Dulwich CC on Wednesday 6th July.
All the players have received life changing, and very often life saving, organ transplants that have transformed their lives. The players include some who have endured thrice weekly dialysis and those who have received donated hearts, kidneys, lungs and livers.
The “Test” series against the Australian side takes place every two years. The matches are played for the David Hookes Memorial Shield.
Dulwich member and Managing Director of CAM Cleaning, Matt Johnson is generously sponsoring the match and we hope that it is a great day.
David Hookes played for Dulwich in 1976 before becoming a State player and star Test player. He played 23 Test Matches, was Chairman of South Australia and then became manager of the Victorian State Side. David died in tragic circumstances in January 2004.
He donated his organs, helping to save or dramatically improve the lives of 10 recipients. His widow, Robyn, who will be at the match, is the Director of the David Hookes Foundation which has the objective of increasing the number of organ donors: increasing the public awareness of the need for organ donors and educating families to support the decision of their loved one to donate organs.
John Soldan, the captain of Dulwich in the early 1970’s and Club Vice President is acting as an organiser for the Australians tour. John has made it possible for the game to be played at Dulwich. This is a very special match and will provide an excellent backcloth for a players re-union.
This is a very special match played by special people who are so grateful for their second life thanks to their donors and their families.
The match will be 50 overs a side starting at 11am on Wednesday 6th July. All are welcome to watch a unique and very competitive match.
Further details are available from John Soldan by phone to 01926 499 052 or by email to [email protected]
Or John Smith. President. Dulwich Cricket Club on 0207 733 5520 or by email to [email protected]