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Trekking across the Alps for C4C
Oct 18, 2012
The summer of 2012 saw club cricketer, Adam Edwards, embark upon a trek across the alpine section of western Europe to raise money for Cricket for Change (C4C).
Adam, who plays for LT Dinosaurs Cricket Club* (who use the playing facilities at C4C’s Cricket Centre in Wallington, nr. Croydon) was moved into raising funds for C4C after being impressed by the impact of the work of the charity has had in many young lives. Asked where the idea of trekking across part of the Alps came from, Adam said, “I’ve always liked mountains and have done quite a lot of walking and some mountaineering”.
Adam continues by saying, “I think cricket can be a great sport to help give people opportunities and teach important skills. The game should always open and available to all and C4C’s work really helps improve that”.
Adam was inspired by an account in the book ‘Clear Water Rising (by Nicholas Crane) about walking from north-west Spain to Istanbul all through mountains. Adam notes that ‘work (and money) would prevent (him) doing something that long and so (he) decided to do something a little shorter and settled on the GR5 though the Alps’ (the GR5 is the hiking trail across western Europe, starting in Holland and ending in southern France covering some 1,500 miles! Adam covered the Alpine section).
Adam (with the support of LT Dinosaurs CC) raised £1,400, smashing his £500 target over the boundary and Alps for six!
*More about LT Dinosaurs CC - a work based social cricket club, celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2012. The club (whose President is Colin Mann) play mainly evening T20 games against other work sides in London but decided to have an all day bash to mark the occasion down at Cricket for Change’s Cricket Centre in Wallington. On 17th August they mixed a day of cricket with some serious "apres cric" using C4C’s function room. The Dinos already use the charity’s Indoor cricket nets to hone their skills (limited - you try holding a bat with those claws!) and one of the clubs regulars, Stephen "Mini" Mann, was in the first set of qualified coaches to graduate from the C4C Apprenticeship programme.