Former Australian cricket captain and batting legend, Greg Chappell, has recently launched his new charity ‘The Chappell Foundation’ in aid of youth homelessness, cricket.com.au reports.
In addition to his duties as talent spotter and Test selector, Chappell will this summer have his hands full with upcoming launch of The Chappell Foundation, his new charity seeking to tackle youth homelessness.
With the backing of his two brothers, Ian and Trevor, as well as the likes of Test legend Dennis Lillee and current Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, the Foundation’s first event will be a fundraiser at Sydney’s Elanora Golf Club on October 6.
“It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” he explained.
“I’ve been involved with other charities that assist young people overseas and I’ve always had the feeling I’d love to do something for Australian kids and youth.
“We’ve seen some good work done for homeless, disadvantaged and at-risk youth around the country and the idea is to hopefully access a different group of people to raise some funds for those groups, and use our networks to support some people doing some really good work.”
Chappell says the plight of disadvantaged young people first struck him while going about his regular exercise routine before work.
“I think it started when I was living in Melbourne working at (Cricket Australia’s) head office there, in East Melbourne,” he said. “I used to go into Fitzroy Gardens and do some exercise. The number of people I saw – particularly young people – sleeping rough disturbed me.
“In the middle of winter, you just wonder how the heck they survive. That was the first time I really started to think about it.
“The fact there’s 100,000 people who sleep rough and nearly half of them are under 25 years of age – I just think we’ve got to do better and would love to play a part, albeit a small and modest part.
“If we can help one person get their life back together, I’ll feel as if we’ve done something worthwhile.”
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