Diwali Festival

ABOUT THE EVENT

Cricket Derbyshire India Club’s annual Diwali event on Saturday 30 October is shaping up to be an exciting evening.

The celebrations will be held in the Greene King IPA Marquee, with the popular showpiece event being completely sold out, featuring bhangra music, Bollywood dancers, fireworks, and a traditional Indian meal. The Cricket Derbyshire India Club have been successfully running the Diwali celebrations for the past 8 years, bringing together individuals and businesses from across Derby and wider the community for a night of celebration.

The Diwali event – sponsored by Greenbank, Bowmer and Kirkland, TMS Management, Bal Construction, NK Motors, Invictus Communications, Central England Co-Operative, Specsavers, Unison, HSKSG, and Slice of India– will raise money for the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801).

The Derbyshire Cricket Foundation is a dedicated charity that uses the power of cricket to educate, motivate and inspire the people of Derbyshire. The Foundation is based at The Incora County Ground, Derby. The DCF provide an inclusive range of projects and activities that aim to engage a diverse range of people, with the mission to inspire a generation to say, “Cricket is a Game for Me”. The Foundation is the governing body for recreational cricket In Derbyshire and supports the development of over 100 cricket clubs as well as delivering cricket programmes to over 150 schools in the county.

Head of the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation, Richard Wood said:

“After such a challenging 18 months it is fantastic to be back with this year’s event which is set to be the biggest to date. 2019’s event raised in excess of £8000 for the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation (DCF), which helped to run some fantastic projects in Derby City and the wider county. We are extremely grateful once again to all our sponsors for their continued support.

The Derbyshire Cricket Foundation has continued to grow over the last 18 months and in March 2020 merged with the Derbyshire Cricket Board. Throughout the pandemic, the DCF have engaged over 20,000 children and young people across the county in clubs, schools and community, including delivering a summer play scheme, which provided meals and fun activities to children in Derby City. The DCF deliver a wide range of programmes in Derby City and Derbyshire with the aim of using the power of Cricket to engage and inspire people in Derbyshire to have a lasting connection with the game.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support of our Cricket Derbyshire India Club members, and we are very grateful for everything they have done not only this year but since the inaugural event in 2014.

On behalf of everyone associated with the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation and Derbyshire County Cricket Club, thank you once again for your support and we can not wait to welcome everyone on the night!”

Cricket Derbyshire India Club member, Baggy Shanker added:

“I am very proud once again to be involved in organising the Diwali Event at Derbyshire County Cricket Club to raise invaluable funds for Derbyshire Cricket Foundation so they can continue with the fantastic programme of events that they deliver across the City & County.

We have all been overwhelmed with the support and generosity from our new and returning Sponsors and I would like to thank them all. I’m looking forward to a great evening once again and a testament to the increasing popularity and reputation of this event is that we were sold out within 3 days of releasing ticket sales.

The fantastic venue to the delicious food, the colourful fireworks to the Bollywood dancers and the bhangra music to the important fundraising I am confident it will be another thoroughly enjoyable, fun and rewarding evening.”

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