MARTIN HATFULL (2008 – 2011)
I was delighted when BritCham established this programme during my time as Ambassador in Indonesia. I particularly remember a great televised fundraising event and being there when some of the MCC touring cricket team turned out to give about 100 children their first taste of cricket. The kids thrived on the space, the opportunity to run and run and the camaraderie with new friends. Being an Ambassador is all about strengthening relationships at all levels so it was wonderful seeing the mix of British and Indonesian flags as they received their certificates and got some autographs. Fantastic moments for them, and for all of us watching. It just needed an organisation to make it happen for them - and I am proud that organisation was and remains BritCham. I had no idea that the numbers would grow to around 4500 over the ten years: that’s a remarkable achievement, which is testament to the commitment and hard work of all those involved over the years. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to them and all the BritCham community - and here’s to the next 10 years.
MARK CANNING (2011 – 2014)
Love of sport, and pride in giving back to the community, are two distinctive British traits. So I was always delighted that the British Chamber had found, and sustained, such a fantastic and worthwhile way to export and promote these qualities. Ten years on, and having helped and supported some 4500 Indonesian kids, I warmly congratulate all those who have made this great and heartwarming achievement happen.
HMA MOAZZAM MALIK (2014 – PRESENT)
The UK is hugely proud of its sporting heritage, the excellence and achievements of our sports men and women, and our strength in hosting global sports events such as the London Olympics. It has been really pleasing to see BritCham building on this heritage to offer a taste of some of our traditional sports to large numbers of Indonesian children. Sport is a great medium for all kinds of learning. Giving Kids A Sporting Chance is another wonderful example of collaboration between British communities in Indonesia and our host country. I look forward to seeing some of the young Indonesians who have participated in these programmes developing their skills and talents further over the coming years, whether for recreation or on the competitive stage. Well done, Don’t miss our exciting insert for Britcham’s Ten Years of Giving 4500+ Kids a Sporting Chance BritCham!