2018 was another successful year for the charity side of the club. The inaugural 24 hour one hand one bounce raised over £500 for our chosen charity MIND, thanks to a huge number of small donations and a charity raffle, with the streaming of the first Ashes test to keep everyone going during the graveyard shifts.
Following an extremely successful Movember campaign last year, we saw the club raise an astounding £2,400, which resulted in UWMCC leading the university efforts with the most donations, as well as ranking 8th from university teams nationwide (Notable shoutouts go towards Amogh and Owen who were 6th and 7th respectively in the university). This year, we are hoping to have an equally prosperous Movember, with many eager to take part, ruining cricket ball photos for consecutive years in a row with dodgy facial hair.
Unfortunately UWMCC weren’t able to make CMD history by winning the Let’s Dance for Sport Relief competition three years in a row, narrowly falling short to Warwick Surf. We hope to take back our crown this year.
The Warwick Half Marathon unfortunately fell victim to the snow, however three brave clubmen took part in the rearranged event. The club were still able to raise over £1500 for the British Heart Foundation (including Jack Mallows raising a heroic £5). We are hoping to take part in the Stratford Half Marathon this year, with the charity of choice being Solving Kids Cancer. We will be running at the same time as our wonderful 2’s Captain, Jacob Bird, while he takes part in the London Marathon on the same day.
This year also saw the start of a close relationship with Warwick and Coventry Mind’s mental health campaign “It Takes Balls To Talk”. This has seen various clubmen donning the yellow t-shirts to help raise awareness for the campaign which encourages people to talk more about mental health (more information on the separate page).
The Coaching in Schools program was run in term two, with four clubmen helping to deliver cricket sessions every Wednesday at St. Paul’s C of E in Leamington Spa. This wasn’t the only coaching in schools carried out last year, as while on tour in Barbados, 12 members of the touring party went to a school in the local area to deliver coaching to some of the children there, and to also donate some kit, in cooperation with the Caribbean Children’s Cricket Charity.
This year, we hope to build on this strong charity work, under our magnificent Charities Sec (Southern) Jono Brook. Plans include continuing working closely with ITBTT, continuing the Coaching in Schools program, as well as the usual suspects Movember and the half marathon. This year our chosen charity is ‘Solving Kids Cancer’ we are hoping to run a half marathon in aid of them as well as other one off charitable events.