Ramadan cricket plan to raise Dhs40,000 for charity
Dubai teenager launches second ‘Cricket for a Cause’
Dubai teenager Ashar Yahya is expecting to raise Dhs40,000 from a charity cricket tournament he is organising during Ramadan.
Last year Ashar launched his first “Cricket for a Cause” Ramadan tournament that featured eight teams and raised Dhs13,000 for Dubai Cares to help underprivileged children in developing countries.
This year the event has doubled in size with 16 teams playing from June 27 to July 4. After the success of the inaugural event in 2015, the 17-year-old Dubai College student says he is enjoying preparing for this year’s event. “I decided to organise this charitable cricket league as it brings together my passion of cricket and entrepreneurship, and it is something I really do enjoy,” said Ashar. “[Last year] I received a lot of support from various companies and individuals, who were very keen to participate in the league. “Similar to last year, we will be raising all the money for Dubai Cares. Last year, we raised Dhs13,300, but this year we are looking at raising Dhs40,000 by the time the event is finished.”
Last year students aged 16 and 17 took part in the tournament alongside staff from some of the sponsors. The winning Emax team donated their Dhs1,300 winnings to the cause. A second Emax team was runner-up and a school squad of pupils from JESS and Jumeirah College came third.