"I just want to say what a great day it was at the National Street20 finals. You had over 200 kids from all over the uk engaging in sport in a safe environment, & thanks for inviting me to give a talk about drugs & knife crime. Since then I've had some really positive messages from the youngters on my web site . I also think what you are doing is fantastic as your giving these kids the opportunity to play sport and be educated at the same time and i am sure between us we changed some lives and pointed alot of them in the right direction P.S Didn't see 1 unhappy face all day the whole place was full of smiles ."
Early shifts provide a test of leadership and endurance
ALLOCATION OF SHIFTS - 15th MAY 2012
Oh my word! As if by magic and like a Paralympic shift giving tooth fairy, I received my shifts for the summer. It seems that the end of the cricket season will prove to be a very busy time for the Bakester (that's me by the way) as my shifts will push both my leadership skills and endurance to the limit.
During the games I will be volunteering at 7 out of 8 days and all with 5:45am starts but there are two warm up dates on the 25th and 28th August before the main section of volunteering at the actual games begin.
Actually the early starts wont be all that bad as Adam Hall (C4C Development Manager) happily agreed (forced to agree he might say) to let me stay at his place in Walthamstow for a few nights during that period. That doesn’t mean that everyone going to the games can, so please don’t ask Ad about this!
The fact that I am part of this great experience is all that matters and for a week of early nights, I am sure I can cope.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Cricket for Change for their help in allowing me to be involved in this fantastic opportunity and hope I can do everyone proud at the charity.
Watch out for more from me as the Paralympic Games get ever closer and I get more excited about being involved!