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Walsh Foundation gets support from Falkland Islands cricket team

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Falkland Islands cricket team captain, Ian Betts (right), makes a cheque presentation to Major Edward Lyons, vice-president, Courtney Walsh Foundation, during a reception to welcome the Falkland Islands cricket team to Jamaica. The function was hosted by British High Commissioner Howard Drake, and his wife, Jill, at Trafalgar House, Trafalgar Road, on Monday night. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

The Courtney Walsh Foundation has received US$1,500 from members of the visiting Falkland Islands cricket team.

The Falklands, who are here on two-match promotional tour as they continue to develop the sport in their country, made the presentation at a welcome ceremony held at the British High Commission on Monday night.

"A part of our tours to various countries is to identify a charity organisation," said Falklands captain Ian Betts.

"We heard of the Courtney Walsh Foundation and said 'what better organisation to assist, given the work they do using the sport in communities?'"

The Courtney Walsh Foundation uses cricket as a tool to assist 'at risk' youngsters in inner-city communities, disability cricket and cricket for change initiatives in correctional facilities.

"We are delighted to be chosen by the Falkland Islands as their charity of choice," said Major Edward Lyons, vice-president of the Courtney Walsh Foundation.

"The work that we do is numerous and, with every assistance that we get, we appreciate, as we know it will be used to assist persons in need."

The ceremony, which was attended by a number of political and corporate dignitaries, also saw Jamaica Cricket Association president Lyndel Wright applauding the donation.

"The development of cricket is multi-faceted and some of these areas include cricket for at-risk youths, the less fortunate and those who are undergoing rehabilitation," said Wright.

"The Courtney Walsh Foundation has been doing a good job at this, and with donations like these, it can only assist in them carrying out their functions."

The Falklands, an International Cricket Council Americas associate member, played their first match against Clarendon Masters at Port Esquivel on Tuesday.

They will again be in action today at the same venue where they are scheduled to play a Jamaica Masters XI.

The Falklands, which is a self-governing British overseas territory, has a population of 3,000 people.

The country is located off the coast of Argentina, which claims the territory to be theirs, and in 1982, fought a war with Britain over the islands.