A BOROUGH man has visited Rwanda to see the work of the charity he helped to set up.
Ed Williams, who is Labour’s prospective candidate for Meriden, spent a fortnight in the African country – giving youngsters cricket lessons.
Alongside a dozen other volunteers, Ed met some of the country’s senior sportspeople, and trained new coaches at the Kircukiro Oval.
The venue is the only cricket ground in the whole country, and has a poignant history – 2800 people were massacred there in the 1994 genocide.
“This is my third trip to Rwanda, and I am grateful to the people of Solihull and Meriden who have supported the charity,” explained Ed. “We can definitely see the impact made in past trips, as the coaches we have trained are going into more and more schools enthusing the children.
It has been fantastic to share my love of cricket with people who have so little.”
It’s four years since Ed
helped found Cricket Without Boundaries – which uses the popular sport to build bridges between different African communities.
The charity is also using the game to spread awareness about HIV, a particular relevant topic since this Tuesday was World Aids Day. Now the charity is looking for new volunteers to help with its projects for Autumn 2010. To find out more about volunteering go to www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com