Liberta SC to host ‘legendary’ fundraiser

Antigua Observer article.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Liberta Sports Club in conjunction with Kennedy’s will be hosting a major fundraising event on April 13, as they target $120,000 to complete a key portion in the upgrading of the Liberta sports complex.

The event, dubbed Windies Legends Charity Cricket Challenge 2014, will bring together four former West Indies players – Sir Richie Richardson, Courtney Walsh, Stuart Williams and Kenneth Benjamin – for a day of cricket and fun at Falmouth Cricket Grounds.

Benjamin, who is also president of Liberta Sports Club, explained that each of the four legends will be charged with leading a team from within the Liberta community in 11-over matches while there will also be a number of attractions.

“We call it E-11; so it’s 11 overs per side because we are just trying to bring something new and something creative and everybody will get to bowl an over,” he said.

“You (teams) play a match and if you win then you will go through to the finals. So it will be just three matches but during the day there will be lots of other stuff. You will get an opportunity to bowl an over to a legend or to face an over from a legend.”

Benjamin said all Antiguans and cricket lovers ought to come out and support the venture as it is for a worthy cause.

“The funds raised from this venture will go towards the lightings at Ball Beef in Liberta. The pavilion is almost completed, a very nice building there and its coming nicely, and we believe that our next phase is the lights and that is one of the reasons why we started this,” the former fast bowler said.

Dean Pullen, head of the fund raising committee, said the event has the potential to grow into something big and those wishing to contribute in any way should get on board.

“Ultimately we have got a couple of sponsors, a couple of the leading hotels on the island who are sponsoring one or two of the teams,” Pullen said.

“So they will get to put in a nominated number of players and, at the same time, we are looking for other volunteers, obviously with a financial contribution to that and, ultimately, it’s for an excellent cause of the Liberta Sports Club.

“We’re looking to make this an annual event as well. Cricket is the blood of the nation, so let’s do something really great every year,” he added.

Other attractions on the day of the event will include bowling and batting challenges with the legends where patrons, for a fee, could either bowl an over to or face an over from any of the four legends. There will also be opportunities to acquire autographed photos and bats.

Those wishing to participate could call 781-3637 or email for more information.

First Published In The Antigua Observer.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:58