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Press Release - Maasai Warriors to play on the Sydney Cricket Ground
Deep in the heart of Africa a tribe of traditional Maasai Warriors are about to set out on another adventure of a lifetime - swapping their mud huts for skyscrapers, and their spears for cricket bats.
For the first time ever, members of this colourful nomadic tribe will be in Sydney for the Primary Club of Australia’s Marathon Cricket Event and will take on the Sydney Swans and a combined Rugby/Rugby League Legends team in cricket matches on the SCG on Thursday, 4th February commencing at 4pm.
The Maasai Warriors, who are world famous for their traditional jumping dance, will be dressed in their red tribal costumes for these historic matches against a multitude of AFL and Rugby legends, including Adam Goodes, Jude Bolton, Phil Waugh, George Gregan, Andrew Mehrtens and Wendell Sailor.
It’ll be a first for the Sydney Swans and the Rugby boys, a first for the tribal warriors, and a first for the Sydney Cricket Ground!
The remote Kenyan villagers, who have only been involved in cricket over the past five years but have already played at Lords, are appearing for the Primary Club of Australia, a registered charity. Since its inception some 40 years ago the Primary Club has raised $5 million for sporting and recreational facilities for the disabled.
The matches involving the Maasai are the centrepieces of the Club’s annual Marathon Cricket event, which runs over two days and gives 500 everyday Aussies the chance to play on the SCG.
It’ll be a dream come true for these Maasai tribesmen, who will call Australia home on a nine day whirlwind trip. Their busy schedule will commence on Tuesday, 2nd February with a kick around with the Swans at the SCG, followed by a visit to the Opera House and a trip on the Manly ferry. Then later that day it’s back to the SCG for some batting practice in the nets ahead of the big cricket clashes and a “warm up” game against Sydney University that evening.
See details below of their Sydney schedule before they head off to Bowral on the Saturday for a visit to the Bradman Museum and more cricket on Sunday.
For more information visit: www.primaryclub.com
CONTACT: Jim Winchester 0401 890 493 or Geoff Verco 0411 028 468
MAASAI WARRIORS SCHEDULE
Tuesday 2nd February
9:30am: Kick with Swans at SCG/Moore Park
12:00 Opera House visit
13:30 Manly Ferry ride
15:30 SCG practice nets
18:30 Game with Syd Uni CC
Wednesday 3rd February
7:00 : Marathon Cricket Day 1
16:30: NSW Blind XI game
19:20 Maasai Warriors vs Media
19:30 MC Cocktail Party
Thursday 4th February
7:00 Marathon Cricket Day 2
16:00 Maasai Warriors vs RU/RL Legends
17:40 Maasai Warriors vs AFL Swans
19:30 Marathon Cricket Dinner - (tickets available)
Maasai Tribesman Play Cricket to Raise Awareness about HIV/AIDS, Rhino & Elephant Conservation
Imagine a cricketer who is a semi-nomadic cattle herder living amongst the wild animals of Africa. Imagine him who wears layers of beads; who sets fire on the field with his bright red clothes and flying braided hair; he who gives war cries while throwing or hitting a ball is actually a crusader from peace. Imagine him – a Maasai tribesman – playing a T20 match. Unbelievable ? Then you ought to meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors.
Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities.
The Maasai Cricket Warriors, who will be fully clad in traditional attire, will be coming to Australia in February 2016 to play against cricket teams across Sydney. The highlight of the trip with be two T20 cricket matches versus teams during Marathon Cricket - an event created by the Primary Club that raises money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities. These matches will be played on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
During previous matches, the Maasai Warriors have given children from local schools in Africa to have the opportunity to watch their first live cricket match while at the same time participating in HIV/AIDS Awareness and Rhino and Elephant Conservation activities. “We are extremely proud to support this initiative,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “The Maasai Cricket Warriors are a perfect example of how sports can be a conduit for raising awareness amongst communities, particularly children.”
In addition to the Maasai Cricket Warriors being avid cricket enthusiasts with abundant talent they are also role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against retrogressive and harmful cultural practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and early childhood marriages and fighting for the rights of women in order to eradicate discrimination against women in Maasailand.
Through the ethics and principles of cricket the warriors learn to respect one another and to foster peace and unity through the spirit of sportsmanship, while at the same time promoting healthier lifestyles and spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS Awareness amongst youth.
The Maasai Cricket Warriors are now engaged in the production of a documentary film called”Warriors” which highlights how the team are using cricket and the unity of sport to battle HIV and fight for women’s rights. The ‘Cricket Warriors’ feel education and change is the only way to secure the health of the community, provide equality to their society, and as a result protect their future. But this has been the Maasai way of life since the founder families, and the elders fear changing these traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. The struggle between identity, heritage,and development is something that resonates across the globe – even in the game of cricket itself.
The Maasai Cricket Warriors received an invitation to compete in the Last Man Stands World Championships, which took place in London, United Kingdom in August – September 2013. During the event - the players had the opportunity to play at Lords.
Maasai Cricket Warriors is a group of Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya who have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities. Their mission is to empower the youth in the Maasai communities of Kenya through cricket development, while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well adjusted members of society. Visit Maasai Cricket Warriors
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During the lunch break on the fifth day of the 2016 SCG Test Match, Mark Taylor joined Brett Lee and Michael Slater to talk about the Primary Club of Australia on Channel Nine's Cricket Show.
The episode can be seen below:
Mark Taylor talks about the work of the Primary Club of Australia about the concept and how the money is raised.
Daphne Benaud was also featured talking about the founders and about how the Primary Club of Australia provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to get access to sporting and recreational facilities they would not normally be able to access.
Please feel free to view the episode and share it with friends who may be interested in the work of the Primary Club of Australia. .
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On the first day of the 2016 Sydney Cricket Ground Test Match - Australia versus the West Indies - our Primary Club of Australia President and ABC Radio commentator Jim Maxwell spoke with our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor.
In so many ways, 2014/15 has been a very sad year for Australian Cricket and for the members of the Primary Club. Not only did we lose one of our strong long-time supporters in Honorary Vice-President Ian Craig OAM last November, but then after his own personal battle to recover health following a car accident 18 months earlier, we lost our esteemed Twelfth Man and Patron, Richie Benaud OBE, in April.
Australian Cricket also lost one of its promising young and upcoming stars, with the sad passing of Phillip Hughes in late November following a freakish injury on the cricket field. I have rarely seen such widespread grief around the country, not just amongst the cricket community but across all walks of life. Cricket lovers responded overwhelmingly to the “put your bat out” tribute that reinforced the importance of social media.
Then, just weeks ago, Arthur Morris OBE passed away at age 93, following a brief illness. Arthur, also a Vice- President of the Primary Club, played 46 Tests for Australia and earned a place in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. He and Judith attended many Club functions, most recently the Marathon Cricket Dinner in 2010, where we celebrated his 88th Birthday amongst a number of his former cricket mates.
Much has been written and said about each of these gentlemen in public forums. I personally lost a dear friend when Richie died. He was an inspiration to me in my career and in my approach to broadcasting; but as Twelfth Man he was always willing and available to share thoughts about Primary Club matters, to say nothing of his and Daphne’s amazing record of participation at Club functions since he accepted the post in 2003. Our recent edition of “First Ball” was a special tribute edition to Richie, his career and his leadership within the Primary Club.
While the aforementioned occurrences were felt deeply by our membership and several of our planned events were impacted, I am pleased to report our ongoing activities yielded some $249k in grants to charities, either paid or committed. This may be down on our record of $302k in the prior year. However, Lindy Stuart alludes in her report to the fact that there is a healthy backlog of deserving projects for her committee’s review. So, with the ongoing support of our members, a new record year is just around the corner!
Two grants of significance were firstly the $38k for a‘softfall playground’at the Chalmers Road School at Strathfield (Sydney), a primary school with 72 children with moderate to severe intellectual disability; and secondly, the $16k for playground equipment at Port Phillip Special School (Melbourne), a school catering for 150 kids. The latter is significant because of the ‘hands-on’ role played by our own Victorian Committee members, who will no doubt be coming back to the well requesting additional financial support in the months ahead.
I recently returned to Sydney from the UK. The Australian Cricket Team lost the Ashes over six extraordinary days of cricket at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge. They performed impressively coming from a loss at Cardiff to win convincingly at Lord’s. However, in the next two matches, England’s skillful bowling made the most of the conditions and won the Ashes by humiliating the Australian batting line-up.
For Michael Clarke it was a disappointing conclusion to a brilliant career after winning the World Cup so decisively. The margin between success and failure as a batsman is narrow, and alas for Clarke he couldn’t confidently produce his best, and around him the inability of batsmen to adapt to the moving ball, to be more patient, wrecked Australia’s aspirations. Clarke’s record averaging nearly fifty with 28 centuries is outstanding and his successor Steve Smith has some challenges ahead to make sure Australia can win as well away as they do at home.
A reflection of the fact that Australia has been performing well on the international cricket stage is that the number of Aussie Golden Ducks in 2014/15 has declined to the lowest number (9) in the last ten years and down from the peak of 19 in 2010/11. For the first time, this year’s number includes Australian Women cricketers, the Southern Stars, who only registered one Primary. For the Primary Club, this translates to lower fines or donations into our charity trust account, unless of course members make more discretionary donations over and above the Golden Duck fines, and we grow our member numbers.
With Richie’s passing, the Management Committee decided with Daphne’s approval to establish a Memorial Fund in his honour. To date, donations to this fund total over $14k. In time, we intend creating an enduring charitable memorial to Richie in recognition of his work for the Club and our mission.
In 2014 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary. This culminated in a celebratory dinner at the SCG last November, where we welcomed over 50 past committee members and their partners. Highlights on the night included the panel interview with founders, Peter Howarth OAM and Jon Erby AM, and Dr John Yeo AO who has consulted with the Club over the decades about the challenges for people recovering from spinal injuries.
The Primary Club congratulates our rugby cousins, the Cauliflower Club of Australia, whom we were instrumental in helping to form over the last three years. With over 600 members, the CCA has achieved its own DGR tax status and is now operating in its own right and already making significant contributions to sporting and recreational facilities for organisations around the country. We look forward to continued association with the Cauliflower Club, as we share similar objectives helping people with a disability.
It gives me great pleasure to advise members that our new Twelfth man is Mark Taylor AO. Mark has served the Club as a Vice President since 1999 soon after retiring from his long service as Australian cricket captain. Mark has been guest speaker at several PCA functions. Mark played 104 Tests and scored 7,525 runs at an average of 43.49, is a current Cricket Australia Director and a well-known voice of authority on Channel Nine’s cricket coverage. Mark is highly regarded for his strong sense of community through a number of charitable commitments.
Looking ahead to the 2015/16 year, your Management Committee has plans to encourage membership growth, create several new member and fund-raising events and improve the profit yield from our functions in order to satisfy more of the backlog of applications from our charity partners.
Thank you all for your ongoing support. Please help us grow our membership in 2015/16 by inviting a friend or two to join. Only with member retention and growth can we expect to achieve higher charity goals in the months and years ahead!
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2014-15 - Annual Report
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The Primary Club of Australia Annual Report 2014/15 is now available to download.
Annual General Meeting
The Primary Club of Australia held its Annual General Meeting at Nilgiri’s Indian Restaurant located at 81-83 Christie Street, St Leonards on Wednesday 28th October 2015.
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2014 - 2015 Primary Club Annual Report - 6Mb
The Financial Statements
The audited Financial Statements will be published shortly.