MCC President, Phillip Hodson, has presented Sri Lankan charity, the Foundation of Goodness, with a cheque for £28,000 at the MCC Cricket Ground, Sri Sumangala College in Hikkaduwa.
The money was donated by the Club’s charitable arm, the MCC Foundation, and will contribute towards the sustainability of the MCC Centre of Excellence in Seenigama as well as funding eleven new cricket scholarships for talented local players.
MCC President, Phillip Hodson, spoke of his delight at the Club's continued support for the Foundation of Goodness.
He said: “Cricket is a fantastic tool to bring communities together, and the fact that MCC can help to fund new state of the art facilities and cricket scholarships to aid the development of the next generation of Sri Lankan players is excellent."
Foundation of Goodness founder, Kushil Gunasekera, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, added: “The MCC Centre of Excellence, created through the generosity and compassion of the MCC, is an amazing facility that provides opportunities for rural disadvantaged children, young people, and women, to improve their future well being and prosperity.
“The MCC sponsored cricket venue at Sri Sumangala College in Hikkaduwa is another major development, which promotes and harnesses local talent to produce fine young cricketers. Some of these young players have been further supported by scholarships – again through the spirit of MCC benevolence – to reach higher levels.
"If it wasn’t for the MCC this venue could never have been transformed into the facility that it is today."
Bike for Life
Hodson also presented the charity with a cheque from MCC worth £3,700, which will be used for the “Bike for Life” campaign – an initiative championed by Sri Lanka cricketer, MCC World Cricket committee Member and Foundation of Goodness trustee, Kumar Sangakkara.