Some 150 children aged 8 to 12 with a wide range of disabilities will gather at the Kingston Oval in Canberra on the 23rd of March 2017 for the DreamCricket Gala Day conducted by the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise and the Rotary E-Club of Brindabella.  In teams representing their schools, they will participate in a program of specially adapted cricket-based activities aimed at building their confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe environment.
DreamCricket was initiated by the Movement Disorder Foundation in concert with the Rotary clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation.  The first Gala Day was held in 2008 at the Bradman Oval in Bowral and, since then, school clinics and Gala Days have been held in all mainland states of Australia as well as in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
The aims of DreamCricket are:

• To maximise the quality of sporting experience for primary school students with a disability;
• To raise the standards of citizenship and behaviour through education, high expectations, discipline and enjoyment; and
• To provide a model for schools and communities in arranging similar activities.
Who Can Play?
Primary school students in years three to six who have an intellectual, physical or sight impaired disability are eligible to participate. The DreamCricket Day will help teachers, carers and parents in improving the self-esteem and confidence in their children.
Admission for Gala Day is free and medallions, team hats, drinks and snacks will be provided.  Equipment and coaches will be provided by DreamCricket Australia and local Rotarians as well as students from local high schools who will be participating as part of their community service program. 
This is a fantastic opportunity for Rotarians and their communities and businesses to get together to show that cricket is a game available for every child regardless of their skills or abilities.

Contact:  Jonathan Lyall