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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and South Africa have helped raise funds to bolster the chances of Sri Lanka’s visually impaired team of attending the World Cup for the Blind.
SLC and Standard Chartered organised three different fundraisers to bring the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI’s dream of attending the World Cup one step closer to reality.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews presented the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI with a cheque of 925,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD $7300 approx) on Tuesday.
The money was raised through tickets for a meet-and-greet with the Sri Lankan and South African team, a training camp for children and an online auction to meet the players at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo and receive an autographed ball.
“This is an additional dimension to international cricket tours and a chance for us all to support our national visually handicapped team,” SLC cricket operations manager Carlton Bernadus said. “They recently trounced the touring Australian Visually Handicapped XI 4-0 in a 40-over series. The team has high hopes for the World Cup in South Africa.”