Author : Nerone Fernando

Organisers announce the Murali Harmony Cup 2012

Posted by Nerone Fernando on August 30 th, 2012 in Activities, General

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Thanks to the success of the Murali Cup and with the compassionate support of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Indian Ocean Disaster Relief charity (IODR) and other commercial and private fund-raising efforts, Red Dot and the Foundation of Goodness are proud to announce a 20 team Murali Harmony Cup T20 tournament to run between 8th to 12th September 2012 ahead of ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka.

The event is designed as a catalyst for much-needed cricket development in the under-resourced schools of the war-affected northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka and benefits from the generous logistical support of the Sri Lanka Army.
The tournament invites 12 Under 19’s schoolboy level teams to represent regions from across the length and breadth of the island in recognition of outstanding performances in schools’ T20 cricket.

These schools will compete with combined schools’ squads from across the North and Eastern provinces, which all benefit specialist coaching clinics leading up to the event.
To reflect the ICC World T20 model and in recognition of the rapid development of the world women’s game, the event includes 8 Under 23’s women’s clubs as well as combined squads from Northern and Eastern Provinces.
All matches are played at 5 post-conflict school venues across Sri Lanka’s northern regions of Mankulam, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu; especially redeveloped prior to the tournament. All participating teams also benefit from a masterclass coaching session given by a hand-pick of the current international stars of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Thanks to generous funding, the programme develops a flagship school cricket venue in Oddusuddan complete with all basic cricketing facilities. This refurbished ground hosts the tournament Finals Day on 12th September and becomes a pioneer school venue, setting the standard for the other school venues to follow with further financial support in the future.

 

Author : Charlie Austin

Seenigama Academy win the inaugural Elephant House Murali Cup

Posted by Charlie Austin on July 20 th, 2011 in Activities, General

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Seenigama Academy won the inaugural Murali Cup last weekend with a brilliant display against Dulwich College in the final at Surrey Village in Maggona. The final was dominated by the sensational batting of Adeesha Thilakshana, who scored a whirlwind 100 not out.

Thilakshana’s hundred, reached of the last ball of the innings after an overthrow, allowed the strong Seenigama XI score 245 for 2 in 35 overs. Dulwich College, the strongest of four English teams in the tournament, were restricted to 59 for 8 before rain stopped play in the 22nd over.


St. Patrick’s College Jaffna, who were invited to participate in the tournament by former captain Kumar Sangakkara, one of the trustees of the Foundation of Goodness (FOG), won the third place play-off against KLCA from Malaysia.

The eight-team schools tournament, which was sponsored by Elephant House, was played over a period of nine days. It was a unique tournament conceived and managed by FOG and Red Dot Tours that was designed to raise funds for a learning and empowerment institute and a new school in Mankulam in Sri Lanka’s north-east.

This exciting development project will provide facilities and services to meet the needs of rural communities and help bridge the gap between these areas and the rest of the country. Serving approximately 50,000 beneficiaries a year, the project will cater to the healthcare, educational, business development, sports and empowerment needs of the local population through programmes of community development, inter-cultural activities and skills exchange.

In-between each team’s five matches, children from each school participated in various community activities within the Seenigama village, including beach cleaning and the painting of classrooms in the local school. Just as importantly, the tournament brought together children from different cultural backgrounds, including the north, central and southern provinces of Sri Lanka, to interact together and forge new friendships.

There were some outstanding performances during the tournament with Pulina Tharanga from Seenigama being named the Player of the Tournament for his 184 runs and 15 wickets. He was presented by Muttiah Muralitharan, a founding partner of the FOG, with a special Reebok bat donated by Mahela Jayawardena.

Other prize winners included Sam Ryan from Bloxham School who was named Batsman of the Tournament for his 233 runs scored at an average of 46.6. The tournament’s leading wicket-taker was spinner Arul Norbet from St Patrick’s College and George Regilaus, also from St. Patricks, was named the best wicket-keeper.

About FOG:

The Foundation of Goodness aims to narrow the gap between urban and rural life in Sri Lanka by tackling poverty through productive activities. Recently recognised as the best example of post-Tsunami disaster-relief work, the Foundation of Goodness’ project in Seenigama provides a holistic model that can be replicated to tackle the problems that face rural villagers throughout Sri Lanka.

About Red Dot:

Red Dot Tours specialises in tailor-made travel to Sri Lanka. The company, which has offices in the UK and Colombo, has cricketing roots having first been conceived as a cricket tour company back in 1999. The Red Dot website, meanwhile, is the leading online travel portal for Sri Lanka providing in-depth information for the independent-minded traveller.

Media Notes:

For all the latest news and information on the Murali Cup 2011, please visit – www.themuralicup.com.

For further information please contact:

Kushil Gunasekara
Tel: +94 1 2586344
Foundation of Goodness Founder/Trustee
Email: kushil@unconditionalcompassion.org

Anura de Silva

Foundation of Goodness Director of Sport
Tel:  +94 1 5373342
Mobile: +94 779 939 805
Email: anura@unconditionalcompassion.org

Author : Nerone Fernando

Elephant House partners with ‘The Murali Cup’

Posted by Nerone Fernando on July 18 th, 2011 in Activities, General

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The goodness brand Elephant House has come forward to be the main sponsor for the inaugural Mural Cup, an exciting joint initiative by the Foundation of Goodness (FOG) and Red Dot Tours endorsed by Sri Lankan spin hero Muttiah Muralitharan.

The Murali Cup is the first community tourism-focused international school cricket festival in the world, bringing together Under 18 cricket teams to compete and support the cause. Sri Lankan corporate giant, Elephant House is a brand that has won the hearts of children in this nation. They take pride in connecting with a child in every step of their brand journey, promising to nurture their experience at all levels through their unique offerings of soft drinks and ice cream.

In an exemplary act towards this commitment, the goodness brand Elephant House will be lending their support towards this good cause.”This is a great initiative by Murali, FOG and Red Dot that brings together children from different backgrounds to participate in a competitive sporting environment while also learning from each other and fostering new friendships. We are proud to be a part of this initiative,” Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Frozen Confectionery Neil Samarasinghe said.

The financial target of the inaugural tournament is to raise £20,000 to help fund the development of a sports academy for the North that will be run by FOG. The Murali Cup has started as an eight-team tournament played from 12th July to 18th July 2011 on the South West Coast. Five international teams from England and Malaysia as well as three local Sri Lankan teams from Seenigama, Matale and Jaffna will compete against each other with the finals to be held at the Galle International Stadium on 18 July. The first-ever tournament has also been helped and supported by Ethiad Airlines, MAS, Yes FM and Coral Sands.