Women's World Record for the Longest Cricket Net
Cathia Uwanahoro
pledging for
rwanda cricket stadium foundation
Every £1 you donate will be matched by £1 up to a maximum of £1,000
23rd Jan 2017 at 9:00 PM
31st Mar 2017 at 6:00 PM
Why I'm pledging
On 17th February I will be attempting to beat the world record for the longest women's cricket net.

I am a professional cricketer for the Rwanda national team. After losing my father in the 1994 genocide, I was brought up by my mother as an only child. I started playing cricket in 2008 and quickly fell in love with the game. After co-founding the first women's club team in Rwanda, I was selected to play in our country's first Under 19 international tournament. As a player, I am an all-rounder. One of the highlights of my career was hitting 90 off 45 balls for my team Charity CC against Queens of Victory in a Twenty20 tournament last year. My hero is England women's captain Heather Knight who, amazingly, has agreed to come to the attempt in Rwanda to support me!

A successful attempt on 17th Febrauary, which would emulate my compatriot Eric Dusingizamana who last year batted for 51 hours, would mean that Rwanda holds the coveted world record in both male and female categories! At Rwanda's Amahoro Stadium, I will bat non-stop for 26 hours, to raise money for Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, as well as funds to pay for my school fees, so I can finish my university course in computing.

The stadium that RCSF are currently constructing will bring social benefit and huge joy to our country, both in the construction phase and once complete. During construction RCSF will use predominantly local labour from the two poorest categories of the population (Ubudehe 1 and 2), and predominantly local sustainable materials. Once finished, it will be a valuable sporting asset for the country, where Rwandans of all ages can develop their cricket and use these skills into their wider lives. It will also offer free HIV testing to the local community. Cricket is playing a part in Rwanda's healing process and with your support Rwanda can build a platform for the game to flourish, and to amplify the already significant impact the game is having in Rwanda.

Thank you so much in advance for your support.

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