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The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF) has launched a £200,000 appeal by releasing a 2015 charity calendar.
The calendar, which was released on Monday 7 April, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, is being sold to raise funds for a new pavilion for what will be Rwanda’s first dedicated cricket ground in Kigali.
The RCSF have been working in partnership with the MCC Foundation (MCCF), who have worked closely in expanding cricket in Rwanda, and using the sport to help bring the country together after almost one million Rwandans were killed in the 1994 genocide.
The calendar features photographs of cricketers playing the game in unusual locations in Rwanda, from a busy marketplace in Kigali to a rope bridge sixty metres above the Nyungwe Rainforest National Park.
The RCSF, with assistance from the MCCF, recently reached the halfway mark in their overall fundraising target of £600,000. They recently acquired a 4.5 hectare plot of land in Gahanga, Kigali, to build two cricket pitches and a pavilion. Geological and architectural surveys are underway, with ground expected to be broken in the coming days.
The MCCF aims to encourage and grow the playing of cricket both in the UK, and overseas.
As well as Rwanda, the MCCF also supports projects in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The Foundation seeks to complement MCC’s work in promoting the game of cricket abroad, especially to young people.
The calendar will retail for £10 plus postage and packaging, and are available from the RCSF website. All shots were taken by Sony Photography Award winning photographer Martin Kharumwa.