Cameron Foster

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Fundraising for Cricket Without Boundaries
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Cameron Foster's fundraising, 26 April 2011
We raise awareness of AIDS through cricket to strengthen communities and fight disease


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Cameron Foster and I would like to tell you about my story. Six years ago whilst on my first ever school trip I had a serious accident during a skiing holiday in Pila, Italy  when I fell 40 feet from a ski lift breaking both legs, dislocating both ankles, breaking my right arm and having a severe bump to my head. I was only 9 years old at the time in a strange country unable to speak the language and my parents were back at home in England, it was a very traumatic time.

Fortunately I made a full recovery from my accident, however during my rehabilitation I realised how difficult it was to participate in sport as I spent nearly 6 weeks in a wheelchair and as a result it was so difficult to join in with my friends in all the sports I was so used to playing like football, cricket and karate. With this in mind, once I had recovered I decided I wanted to help children who were less fortunate than me who were permanently disabled and it was this that made me want to make a difference and I organised a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Wigan Disability Sports Forum. With the help of all my family and friends I managed to raise over £5600 some of which was specifically used to fund and organise Table Cricket and Boccia within the borough of Wigan.

This was only the start of my fundraising activities for a number of different charities including Cystic Fibrosis, Sport Relief, Derian House, Manchester Children’s Hospital raising more than £15,000 to date.

Perhaps just as importantly as the fundraising is the volunteering work that I have become involved with since my accident. I have been privileged to be involved with the Wigan Sports Development unit where I help with a weekly session coaching young disabled children in multi sports; I also coach at summer camps for children during their summer holidays.

I also coach karate, cricket and Basketball at numerous sessions during the week spending over 15 hours a week on a pure voluntary basis. I really enjoy working with both children and adults and get tremendous satisfaction of being able to help people develop in their chosen sports.

I have been fortunate to be rewarded for my achievements to date although that isn’t the reason why I fundraise and volunteer. My awards include: British Red Cross Humanitarian Fundraiser of the year and the overall Citizen award. A gold Blue Peter Badge, The Diana Award, Wish FM Child of Courage award, Wigan Borough Un-sung hero in sport award, Greater Manchester runner – up un-sung hero award, StreetGames Local Hero award and The Helen Sodhi Award.

I have recently been honoured with becoming 1 of 10 national Coca Cola Future Flame Ambassadors for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay promotion.

I am really proud of my volunteering and fundraising activities and am so excited and privileged to have been successful in securing a position with a cricket based charity “Cricket Without Boundaries” which is a 2 week project in an African country coaching young children in the community and giving adults the opportunity for coaching qualifications whilst incorporating HIV awareness. This is where I need to make a plea, as a result of committing to the project I need to raise £700 to fund my travel expenses to Africa and also raise a minimum of £750 for the charity.

I know times are extremely tough in this current economic climate but I would be extremely grateful if you could make any kind of donation to help me in this very worthy cause.




About the charity

Cricket Without Boundaries is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket. Crucially, CWB also uses cricket as a tool in the fight against AIDS. CWB’s training sessions have at their heart discussion about the disease in terms of prevention, treatment and equality of treatment for those with and without the disease.

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