13 February 201510:05

Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires support Australia and New Zealand charities

Umpires donate US$10,000 to fight blindness in indigenous children in Australia

Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires support Australia and New Zealand charities - Cricket News

Richard Illingworth, Wayne Howett (RMHC CEO), Rodney Tucker and Bruce Oxenford.

Ronald McDonald House receives US$10,000 contribution in New Zealand

Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has made two separate donations of USD 10,000 each to the Fred Hollows Foundation in Melbourne and Ronald McDonald House Charities in Christchurch.

Over the last number of international tournaments, the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has nominated charities to make a donation in the respective host countries. This year it has selected a charity each in Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on the initiative, Steve Davis, who is the spokesperson for the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Executive, said: “We are delighted to support the Fred Hollows Foundation, which does so much outstanding work nationally in Australia, especially with indigenous children and around the world.

“Ronald McDonald House Charities does an enormous amount of good across New Zealand and globally to alleviate the plight of families whose children are undergoing treatment in hospitals and medical centres by providing accommodation, thus ensuring a level of normality at what can be a challenging time.

“The panel of 12 Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires is conscious of its role to help promote the game and act as positive role models within the cricketing community. We are delighted to make this contribution and hope that it can help the Fred Hollows Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities with their important work.”

The cheque was presented by the umpires ahead of the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to representatives from the charity, including CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Brian Doolan, who commented: “Like this World Cup tournament, Fred Hollows was a giant on both sides of the Tasman in Australia and New Zealand and also reached out to so many countries around the world.

“His work began with indigenous Australians in some of the most remote parts of the country and today, Fred’s dream to end avoidable blindness lives on through the work we do in Australia and cricketing nations around the world.

“This generous donation from the ICC’s Elite Umpires will help keep Fred’s spirit strong by funding the important work we do with indigenous Australians.”

Meanwhile, a cheque was also presented by the umpires ahead of the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to representatives from the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Christchurch, whose CEO Wayne Howett, said: “Anyone involved with international sport will know how hard it can be when you are away from loved ones for extended periods of time. Imagine then the circumstances of separation being a result of a child’s illness – it really does take its toll.

“So I would like to personally thank the Match Officials for their thoughtfulness; their generosity will help RMHC continue to ensure that Kiwi families who have needed to relocate for their child’s treatment can remain together and strong at one of our home away from homes.
Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires: Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Kumar Dhamasena, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker

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About the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will start on 14 February with New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in a day match in Christchurch, and Australia going head to head with England in a day/night match in Melbourne. Melbourne will also host the final on 29 March.

A total of 49 matches will be played across 14 venues, seven in New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington) and seven in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney).

The format of the tournament is the same as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, i.e. two groups of seven sides each, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. All the knock-out stage matches will have reserve days. Apart from the 10 Full Members, four qualifiers – Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates – will take part in the tournament.

For more information on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including team fixtures, please click here.

The official tournament hashtag is #cwc15.

For tickets, please visit www.cricketworldcup.com.

About The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation is one of the world’s leading eye health organisations dedicated to ending avoidable blindness.

Established in Sydney in 1992, The Foundation today operates throughout Australia, Africa and Asia, focusing on restoring sight, blindness prevention and Australian Indigenous health.

It continues the work of the late renowned international eye surgeon, Professor Fred Hollows, who was committed to improving the health of indigenous Australians and reducing the cost of eye health care and treatment in developing nations.

The Foundation has so far performed more than 2 million operations to restore sight and relies primarily on the generosity of Australians to raise funds to reduce avoidable blindness.

The Foundation operates in more than 20 countries including a number of International Cricket Council member countries: Australia, New Zealand, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Kenya, Nepal, Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The donation from the ICC’s Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires will go towards The Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Programme, which restores and saves sight in some of the most remote parts of the country.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities (r)

Ronald McDonald House Charities (r) takes care of New Zealand’s families throughout their children’s medical journeys.

The Ronald McDonald House programmes in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch provide free accommodation right next door to the hospital ensuring that families can remain together and are better placed to cope and help their children heal.

The funds raised by the International Cricket Umpires will be used to help with the ongoing operations of these Houses; from reupholstering furniture to keep its Houses comforting and homelike, to new outdoor play equipment to provide a welcomed distraction from the ward for the children.