#Cricket4WomensAid – Malaysia Cricket

The Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) is organising an online fundraising event in aid of Women’s Aid Organisation on Saturday, May 9.

The event will take place through the Zoom web-based cloud conferencing application from 8.30pm to 9.30pm Malaysian time (GMT +7), bringing together cricket luminaries such as Aravinda de Silva, Roshan Mahanama and Aminul Islam.

Since its foundation in 1982, the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) provides free crisis support and shelter to women and children who are domestic violence survivors.

WAO’s mission is to end violence against women and promote gender equality in Malaysia.

“MCA recognises that during this difficult period for many sections of society, more so for vulnerable women and girls who are facing many challenges.

“MCA has been supportive of the #GirlsForGoals programme that WAO has embarked on to provide a better healthier life for girls.

“We believe that participation in sports post Covid-19 will be an important element in keeping communities together and in building greater participation and not forgetting unity.

“To further help in empowering the many women facing hardship during the current times and post Covid-19 Movement Order, MCA initiates the #Cricket4WomensAid project supported by the National Men’s & Women’s team, the Cricket Section of the Royal Selangor Club, School of Media, Arts and Design of Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation.

“We hope through this effort, we are able to help raise funds and awareness for the Women’s Aid Organisation to allow women and children who need help to get the support they need,” said MCA president Mahinda Vallipuram.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Women’s Cricket Team captain, Winifred Anne Duraisingam expressed her excitement to be part of this programme.

“We are glad to invite us by WAO to be the ambassadors for the #GirlsForGoals challenge and agree that empowerment through sports has changed our life whilst being role models for others.

“I really hope that the people will support us in our quest to raise awareness,” she said.

To aid in this fundraiser, MCA has roped in three former cricket players who played at the pinnacle of the sport.

De Silva is a former Sri Lanka cricket captain and helped his nation to win the 1996 World Cup.

Mahanama, another former Sri Lanka captain, was a teammate of De Silva’s in the World Cup triumph and is the first man to have stood as a match referee in a day-night test match in Test history.

Aminul is a former Bangladesh cricket captain who became just the third cricketer to score a century in a country’s Test debut when Bangladesh played India. He is currently the International Cricket Council development manager.

Every Ringgit you contribute goes to project #GirlsForGoal ;

a) A self-care bag (which contains hygiene and health products) delivered to a girl in need.

b) Funding for events that highlights Girls right and Girls Empowerment activities.

Fans and donors will be able to interact with all three cricket stars in a question-and-answer session through a moderator during the donation drive.

An online donation can be made through https://www.simplygiving.com/event/girlsforgoals  We welcome the international community to be part of this campaign. Donate by using  Credit Cards/Debit Cards/PayPal/ eWallet/Online Banking

Through the #GirlsForGoals challenge, WAO is empowering girls by placing them centre-stage to be the main drivers and advocates for their own rights in the time of the MCO and beyond.

The aim is for girls, especially from marginalised groups, to dream big and set goals for themselves while supporting their peers through the empowering nature of sports, using technology.

WAO is pleased to be working with the Malaysia Cricket Association on this project to promote the Girls For Goals challenge. The aim is to help provide self-care packages to marginalised girls in Malaysia by fundraising through a video challenge, focusing on maintaining health through exercising and empowering girls’ rights said Gaayathrey Balakrishnan, WAO Capacity Building Officer.

A minimum donation of RM50 qualifies for tax exemption in Malaysia. For individual Malaysians who are donating and wanting tax exemption should send receipts of payment to  supportus@wao.org.my

For more information on watching the online event, contact MCA at +6012 725 4537 (Whatsapp) or e-mail to cricmas@malaysiacricket.org.my Information will also be available on
http://www.cricketmalaysia.com/