Lancashire Cricket visit Railway Children charity in Mumbai
Lancashire Cricket visited Dadar Railway Station in Mumbai to support the Railway Children charity
Tom Hartley, Jack Morley and Head of Cricket Business, Warren Hegg, handed out gifts and met members of staff, who talked about the aims of the charity and their work in protecting vulnerable children on the streets in Mumbai yesterday (Wednesday 19 February).
Railway Children assist children who use India’s railway network to run away from abuse, violence and poverty, providing safe spaces and additional support as they seek to achieve a sustainable long-term future.
The charity also works to educate communities on the issues causing young people to run away and campaigns for greater protection for those who find themselves on the streets.
Lancashire bowler, Jack Morley, said: “As young cricketers, we are in a privileged position and very fortunate to be able to travel the world doing what we love, but we realise that not all young children get the same opportunities as us.
“It has been great to meet the staff here at Dadar and see just a small part of the excellent work Railway Children do across India.”
Head of Cricket Business, Warren Hegg, said: “Community outreach is an important part of Lancashire Cricket, whether it be at home in Greater Manchester or other places we visit across the world, and so we were delighted to get the opportunity to support such an important project.
“To see some of the children here with smiles on their faces after going through so much in their short lives is heart-warming and we hope our visit has gone a small way to helping the charity in the vital work they do.”
CEO of Railway Children India, Navin Sellaraju, said: “No matter what your age, background, status or religion - nothing unites people across India like cricket. To have players from one of England’s top teams visiting us and having a game with the children we work with has been an incredible experience.
“Many of these children have been through so much already in their difficult lives, so it has been great to see them laughing, smiling and playing cricket like any other child in India.
“Thank you so much to Lancashire Cricket Club for making the time to come and visit us during their pre-season tour and good luck with the next season.”
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