‘Cricket for a Cause’, the philanthropic brainchild of 17 year old student Ashar Yahya, surpassed its initial goal of raising AED40,000 for Dubai Cares to raise an exceptional AED43,700 for the charity. This year’s event also saw a rise in participation, with 16 stellar teams taking to the field for a good cause. After many nights of fast bowls, runs, wickets and outs, Ladybird Nursery 1 walked away with the top prize of an Entertainer app given to each player.
What began as a small initiative by school student Ashar Yahya has become a sponsored fundraising event. In fact, this year’s tournament raised triple the amount compared to that of last year’s and has drawn twice the number of participating teams. “Ashar’s passion for this noble cause got us to sign up as a partner for ‘Cricket for a Cause.’ We wish him and the league all the best and hope it will continue in the years to come.”
Rabea Ataya, CEO, Bayt.com, said “We are thrilled to have participated in this inspiring initiative, and to have watched Ashar grow into a young man who brought his vision to fruition. It requires something special to create such an event and I wish Ashar and his team all the best for the future,” Valrani, CEO, Ladybird Nurseries.
This year, organized by a team of five students led by Ashar, ‘Cricket for a Cause’ was sponsored by Bayt.com, Hale Education Group, du, Pepsi, Pringles, Careem, Danube, Red Bull, Unigulf, UM MENA, The Entertainer, and Ladybird Nursery.