A significant project for our club is DreamCricket, which the Movement Disorder Foundation initiated in concert with the Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation.
The aim is to allow primary school students with a disability to play on the Bradman Oval and visit the Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame.
Schools run 'Clinics' at their own ovals and usually meet annually for a Gala Day, where certificates and medals are provided. These recognise our special needs students' efforts and thank the many helpers who participate.
Through District Dream Cricket Chair Judy Potter, our club has the mandate to continue and extend Dream Cricket in D9705. Already we have 4 'hubs' in NSW – in Orange, some 15 schools over 4 towns and 2000 students participate; in Canberra, 38 schools totalling 1150 students meet for Gala Days. Across the Shoalhaven, schools meet at North Nowra, Sanctuary Point and Milton – 7 widespread schools with over 200 students enjoying the challenges. The 4th hub, Bowral-Mittagong, is the 'home' of it all and hosts both Clinics and Gala Days from many areas.
Thanks to Covid, many plans and activities have been shelved during 2020 – 21 – but all are now planning restarts in late 2021. We've got 3 Clinics scheduled in the Shoalhaven for October 2021. We expect Rotarians from the Merimbula / Pambula area to join us in Milton to learn more about Dream Cricket, then to go home and start our 5th. 'hub' in that area.
We're approaching Bateman's Bay and Moruya Clubs also to take up the challenge to start their own Dream Cricket projects. Many Rotarians from local clubs support our efforts. Local High Schools also providing person-power to chase balls, organise players and help with refreshments – we'd never do it without the teenage helpers!
A most worthwhile, challenging and fun project in our district and many others.