Charity Cricket match
Cricket is an all too familiar sport in India, as it rings the hearts of every Indians who has lived through the 2000s, as gully cricket was the most prominent sport, due to being easy to learn, and also ease of access. Indian sport is almost synonymous with cricket, but more than half of the population suffers due to lack of education, and basic levels of education, thus not being able to become the breadwinners of their households in this century. Commonly, lack of clean water is a major issue, only one who can’t quench their thirst can truly understand it, but one would also feel the pain of not quenching their thirst but viewing someone wastewater. An uncommon practice amongst many is thinking we have an abundant source of clean water and we have no ill-effects of wasting water. So we three wanted to change this situation and hence we Initiated a plan to host a cricket match while raising funds from the match for the unprivileged.
LO 1 : Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth.
My only constraint being that I had little experience or interest in cricket, as I had valued other sports such as Volleyball and to a limited extent basketball. I had confidence in leadership due to abundant experience in being the captain of the school basketball team across the age categories and leading a team which had a player older than me hence knowing the bits of what and how to lead the team to local tournaments, and training them to represent our school with grace.
To follow this I tried to lead when planning the match but also encouraged my peers to lead different parts of the match planning, as I followed a wise saying “ a good leader is one who nurtures and gives opportunity to new leaders”. Though when it came to playing cricket I learnt great things across bowling, batting and fielding. I was helped by players who constantly advised me, overall not only I had a great time but procured great experience.
LO 2 : Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
The biggest challenge we had was regarding Covid-19 restriction and individuals safety and unavailability of turf due to pre-booked timings.
We kept safety as our biggest priority for this charity cricket match and hence we had planned regular sanitation to keep everyone safe. The second problem was mainly due to lack of teams wanting to participate, as we didn’t have enough funding to conduct a proper match, leading to less applicants, and eventually devaluing our decision to book weekend timings.
LO 3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS Experiences
For this project I made a rough plan of possible activities and their required time duration to conduct them. I had my peers do a poll on their suitable timings and then checked for available time slots on the turf. Once this was confirmed then I along with my teammates chose the best possible time to do a donation run.
LO 4 : Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
Biggest demotivating factor was the postponement of time allotment as constant delays and feasible amount of time on weekends was hard to obtain. At one point I felt like canceling this event but luckily I didn’t give up and everything happened successfully.
LO5: Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
Working collaboratively is definitely very helpful as you can divide the tasks between people, making work load more feasible and increasing the quality of work, as one individual isn’t in the constant constraint of time limit. You should also list the possible suggestions, and by the method of elimination one can come up with the most feasible yet intuitive solutions for our charity cricket match.
LO6: Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
Global implications reflect the local ones, in our case, it would be the lack of water as basic amenities for the poor locals. It is really heart wrenching to see people not being able to afford even water, much less any type of food, ranging from normal to luxurious.
Our cas project would help reduce the lack of water, by providing water bottles, using the charity match money collected, to help distribute water bottles among poor locals. Even though it doesn’t bring a large amount of impact for the poor locals, we hope someone would get inspired to do the same for the poor locals in their communities.
LO7: Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
The first and foremost ethical issue would be, selecting poor locals based on who we see first, making it first come first serve, making it not ethical, as not all are getting the same amount of treatment, while being categorized under the same light. We tried to reduce this ethical gap in our cas project, by saying the normal “sharing is caring”, to help them feel comfortable to share their resources with others, who didn’t get it, and to avoid riots between locals due to one having resources while one doesn’t.
We do agree that locals may start to rely on others to become their bread winner, or in this case water winner, as they would feel being pitied is better as one would get free water, out of pity by others.