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YouthCare Canberra is a 24/7 outreach service for at risk youth in the 12-25 years age group and importantly also for their families.
Scratch the surface of most families and there’s a story to tell of youthful exuberance that turned to difficult circumstances and problems to be solved. Not always easy but resources are expanding and we have better training and services available. The necessary funding is for many charities, hard to come by, but locally YouthCare Canberra enjoys support from significant sponsors.
And while we expect at this time of the year the Prime Minister’s 11 odds and sods team at Manuka Oval with the corporates socialising, the crowd in a summer holiday mood and no real importance on the outcome, that’s been changed to give Canberra a slice of the seemingly endless summer of cricket matches. So this year with a serious match against India in the ODI series which they were desperate to win- especially in India where they’re besotted with the game- and Australia in good form, the Indian locals were out in force for the game.
But before we got to the game we had to start the day with an annual breakfast at the National Press Club for YouthCare Canberra. Guest speaker Doug Walters was in fine form talking to Tim Gavel from 666 ABC and promoting his book “One for the Road”, happily confirming many of the tall tales of this cricketing legend. Cate McGregor whose cricket knowledge and writing on the subject is extensive and Jim Maxwell the ABC’s commentator who also writes, edits and publishes on all manner of cricket joined in for a panel discussion. Some of that not for publication, especially about Tasmania!
To fill the coffers for YouthCare Canberra an auction and raffle were held and Doug Walters later was happy to wander up stairs for coffee with his fans to linger and listen to his stories
And yes I did get to the cricket, and photographed enthusiastic Indians for my Indian friends in New Delhi who know more about the game than I ever will.