Dropping Spears for Bats -nominated for the prestigious global Sport and Peace Awards - The Maasai Cricket Warriors -
please watch this youtube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KqMxzWOqI4&feature=youtu.be
Over the past few years, the warriors have dropped their spears and picked up bats, and along with renowned British NGO Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), Aliya has both founded and transformed Maasai Cricket into an organisation making waves in the international communities
Join us in smashing through boundaries. . .'Batting' for women's rights & 'bowling out' AIDS!
We are also warriors against the savage tradition of circumcision of girls in our communities.
HELP US SPREAD THE WORDS AGAINST THE TRIPLE EVIL OF HIV, FGM and CHILD MARRIAGE BY CONTRIBUTING TO OUR FUNDRAISER TO GET THE MAASAI CRICKET WARRIORS TEAM TO LONDON
Imagine a cricketer who is a semi-nomadic cattle herder living among 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 and is actually a crusader for peace. Imagine him - a Maasai tribesman - playing a T-20 league. Unbelievable? Then you ought to meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors . . .
The Maasai warriors cricket team, to quote an old Pepsi tag line, has nothing official about it - and that's where the beauty lies! The team consists of 11 men (plus another 14 reserve) - each one striving to be a role model in his community. And his strategy to gain favour? Not by earning lots of money or through link-ups with supermodels or picking up fights at nigh clubs, but by campaigning against traditional female circumcision (FGM), child marriages, and HIV/AIDS among tribal youth.
So, come 26th August- the Maasai Cricket Warriors hope to be in the UK taking part in the Last Man Stands World Championships - a T-20 event that will go on till 4th September
Dressed in their signature colorful garbs, instead of the traditional cricket whites, the warriors will add zing and bling to the game when they take to the ground, armed with a wooden bat, instead of their spears. Watch out for that spectacular event!
Help us leave a mark at the wicket by spreading the words against the triple evil of HIV, FGM and Child Marriage.
JUST TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THE MAASAI CRICKET WARRIORS' EFFORTS MATTER:
•Kenya is home to 1.5 million HIV -infected people. In 2009 alone 80,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses (source: Avert - a charity working against HIV/AIDS
• In Kenya, 49% women are victims of Female genital mutilation or FGM (source: UNICEF)
•Child marriage is rampant in Kenya. UNFPA record shows, 42% girls are married before they turn 18 in Africa.
The Last Man Stands World Championships is an annual international tournament, to be held this year in UK. It consists of amateur teams from around the world playing several T20 group matches, followed by a knockout stage and a final. LMS offers a first prize of US$10,000, receives considerable media exposure, and will provide a great platform for the Maasai Warriors to spread their message.
The tournament organisers will also be holding fundraising events during the tournament for Maasai Cricket. The goal is to use some of these funds towards providing partial or full scholarships to talented children in Class 8, to enable them to attend secondary schools with cricketing facilities, thereby continuing their education and allowing them the chance to continue developing their cricket skills.
Some of the funds will also be used to train coaches as VCT counselors, so that they can double-up as cricket coaches who are able to conduct HIV testing and counseling amongst the players. This will contribute a big way in trying to manage the spread of HIV amongst Maasai communities.
WHAT IS NEEDED:
The Maasai Cricket Warriors need your help to make their participation in this tournament a reality!
The cost for the Maasai Cricket Warriors to reach the tournament amounts to £20,000 which includes: airfares, accommodations, transportation and meals for the players.
WE NEED TO RAISE £20,000 SO PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY & HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
Support A Maasai Cricket Warrior to help him leave his mark in UK!
Your gift of £5 will ensure that one Maasai Warrior has his belly filled for one day of the tournament by providing him with Lunch & Dinner.
Your gift of £10will accommodate and provide breakfast for one Maasai Warrior for one day of the tournament.
Your gift of £15 will provide 1-night’s hostel accommodation with 3 meals for one Maasai Warrior for one day of the tournament.
Your gift of £50 will ensure that one Maasai Warrior has all his lunch & dinner meals catered for during the tournament.
Your gift of £100 will provide 10-days of hostel accommodation with breakfast for one Maasai Warrior for the duration of the tournament.
Your gift of £150will accommodate and provide lunch and dinners for one Maasai Warrior for the entire tournament.
Your gift of £750 will cover the return airfares & airport taxes for one Maasai Warrior to participate in the tournament.
Without financial support, the Maasai Warriors will be unable to participate in this tournament. The development of the sport will remain stagnant, at a time when it is on the verge of precipitating lasting change within a community in desperate need of help.
Each donor will be entered into a lucky draw to stand the chance of winning some exciting prizes that include traditional hand-crafted Maasai Crafts and beadwork as well as some unique cricket memorabilia.
In the event that we do not manage to raise the funds required for the LONDON Last Man Stands event, we would wish to carry over the funds to secure the team's participation in the 2014 event.
For Kenyans who wish to support the Maasai Cricket Warriors to help them reach "the Home of Cricket", donations can be made via MPESA on your Safaricom mobile phone number:
• Go to the Safaricom Menu on your phone,
• select the MPESA option,
• select the Pay Bill option.
• enter MAASAI CRICKET WARRIORS's Business number 957500,
• leave the account number blank or enter your name
• enter a donation amount of your choice
• put in your PIN
• confirm your transaction
• wait for a confirmation message from MPESA
We need your support to help us leave our mark!!!
Ashe o’leng (Maasai)/Thank you for your generous support in assisting the Maasai Cricket Warriors to leave their mark at the Last Man Stands World Championships Tournament in UK!
And now that you know, you can help the warriors fight these evils better by supporting us.