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|Yuvi’s Big Heart Beats for a Good Cause in South Africa|
|Pitched By Cricket360 Reporter|
|Thursday, 28 May 2009|
Yuvraj Singh has involved himself in a good cause. After Lalit Modi’s HEAT initiative that had the IPL contributing to South Africa’s under privileged educational institutions, it is now the turn of the cricket players to do their bit in South Africa. Yuvi, through his Yuvraj Singh Foundation has reportedly undertaken a worthy project titled ‘Cricket Beyond Boundaries’ in the Western Cape Region of South Africa, the objective of which is to use cricket to promote and encourage social harmony and tolerance among children of various races in the region.
Yuvraj Singh has played some great cricket in the recently concluded DLF IPL 2009 tournament and his Kings XI Punjab team may perhaps have been unlucky not to have made the semi finals. Good scores, astute captaincy and surprisingly good bowling including a hat trick have produced some admirable and entertaining performances from him. And he has now decided that he needs to give back to the South African community where he has played some good cricket. Many players in international cricket have been in the cricket news from time to time for supporting worthy causes and now it is Yuvi’s turn to involve himself in a worthy cause.
The Yuvraj Singh Foundation, a nonprofit organization organised a fund raising event for the project called ‘Cricket Beyond Boundaries’. The project aims to promote racial harmony and tolerance in the Cape region of South Africa. And Yuvraj was not alone in his ventures, his Punjab teammates Sreesanth, Brett Lee and Irfan Pathan were seen supporting him at the event where an auction of cricket memorabilia such as signed bats, IPL team jerseys of the team captains which were signed by the team players and other items was held.
Also present were Rajasthan Royals Captain Shane Warne and KKR players Ajit Agarkar and Sourav Ganguly as well, according to the cricket news. Punjab team owner Preity Zinta was also in attendance, as was TV anchor and presenter Mandira Bedi. The event was one where the Indian Premier League players took the time and made the effort to give back to the South Africans something worthwhile in return for their generous and timely hospitality extended to Indian cricket when it became clear that the IPL was not possible to stage in Indian this year.
Earlier IPL's Help Educate and Teach (HEAT) initiative was reported in the cricket news as benefiting as many as 30 schools around the country in aid of the underprivileged students of South Africa. Lalit Modi was also reported in the cricket news as saying that the second part of the HEAT programme would benefit individual learners attending DLF IPL matches. Five learners were to be identified at every match and their faces flashed on the stadium screens. Each of these was to have Rs 15,000 paid into their school fees account in their names.
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