Alfreton cricketer to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in Africa

A CRICKETER from a club in Alfreton has been selected to take part in the forthcoming Cricket Without Boundaries project in Botswana.

Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Todd, who plays for Morton Colliery Cricket Club, is one of eight cricket coaches from across the UK selected to join the two-week expedition in which volunteers will use the promotion of cricket as a tool to raise HIV/AIDS awareness across the African country.

“After my two trips to Rwanda last year I can’t wait to travel to another African country to spread the message of Cricket Without Boundaries,” he said.

“Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a great charity and I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to go out to Botswana with their team.

“This promises to be the trip of a lifetime but there’s a serious side as well.

“CWB use cricket to teach local youngsters the importance of protecting themselves against HIV and AIDS.

“We use cricket metaphors to address the AIDS awareness message – such as using a bat to protect the stumps or not playing risky shots. “Sport is such a powerful tool to get a message across and in Sub-Saharan Africa nothing is more important than helping the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“My team-mates at the cricket club have given me fantastic support for this trip – after last season maybe they’re hoping I’ll be the one being coached.”To sponsor Jonathan on his Cricket Without Boundaries project to Botswana you can donate at justgiving.com/botswana2012 or text BOTS90 to 70070 or visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com.