Victorian Premier’s Cricket Event

Dr Kiran and 25 young enthusiastic children from Asha were invited to take part in Victorian Premier’s Cricket Event yesterday. It was a star-studded affair with hon’ble guests presented were the Premier of Victoria The Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to India Mr Chris Elstoft, Special Adviser to the Premier of Victoria and State Member for Footscray The Hon Marsha Thomson MP, State Member for Dandenong Ms Gabrielle Williams MP, Victorian Government Trade and Investment’s (VGTI) Commissioner to South Asia for the State of Victoria Ms Michelle Wade, CEO of Cricket Victoria Mr. Tony Dodemaide, Former Australian Cricketer Mr. Dean Jones and Former Indian Cricketer Mr Bishen Singh Bedi among others.

The Hon Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews MP and Dr Kiran Martin engaged in a conversation at the event.

The event started with cricket kits being provided to all the young Asha children from Victorian Government. The Premier of Victoria, Hon Daniel Andrews talked about the strong bilateral relations between India and Australia, especially through cricket. He formally announced that the 2018 Boxing Day Test between India and Australia will be held in Melbourne. The Hon’ble Governor also encouraged our students to dream hard and work even harder towards it.

Former Cricket stars Bishen Singh Bedi, Dean Jones and Dr Kiran Martin exchange a smile

Dr Kiran presented Asha’s Coffee Table Book-Journey of Hope to the Hon’ble Governor and a bouquet as a token of gratitude. While former Australian cricketer Dean Jones played cricket with the excited students, Bishen Bedi showered some kind words of encouragement to them. The event ended with sumptuous lunch provided by the Victorian Government and the Australian High Commission. We truly appreciate the association with the Australian High Commission and Victorian Government and we only wish to strengthen it even further over the period of time.

Here are some pictures from the event…

It was very kind of Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to India Mr Chris Elstoft and former Australian Cricketer Dean Jones to engage in a brief cricket session with our kids.

The happy faces say it all