Cricketers from all the test-playing nations of the world will attend a fundraising dinner at London’s Guildhall on Monday 28 June, in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Pitch Perfect. The event includes a keynote speech by former Prime Minister The Rt Hon Sir John Major, KG, CH and a panel discussion in which England’s Graeme Swann, Pakistan’s Mushtaq Mohammed, Australia’s Ricky Ponting and South Africa’s Barry Richards will speak about their personal experiences of cricket.
The event celebrates the diversity of the modern game, with food drawn from all corners of the world, and guests will be entertained by tenor and former Zimbabwe test cricketer Henry Olonga. The dinner is hosted by Channel Five’s cricket presenter Mark Nicholas and has attracted 420 guests from the City and cricketing world.
The Lord Mayor Nick Anstee, has named The Cricket Foundation’s StreetChance initiative and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery programme On Track as the principal beneficiaries of his Appeal in 2010.
Pitch Perfect aims to enable the following by 2015:
- 75,000 young people to participate in StreetChance and On Track activities across London, 60% of whom will be from ethnic minority backgrounds
- 950 schools to be actively involved in StreetChance and On Track projects in
two thirds of London boroughs
- 1,250 teachers to be trained, to enable continued activity beyond 2015
The World of Cricket is one of a number of events taking place this year to help raise awareness and funds for Pitch Perfect. For a full list of Pitch Perfect events and to find out ways to support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2010 please visit www.pitchperfectlondon.org