Local Action Cricket Umpire to represent South Africa in Dubai: A dream come true

 

Paarl resident Elton Daniels, the first South African to be invited to umpire in the Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup, is now packing for travel to Dubai in September to represent South Africa at this event. Elton is currently South Africa’s number one Action Cricket Umpire and achieved this accolade despite his challenging circumstances.

The invitation to act as umpire was on the basis that travel to and from Dubai would be self-funded, which prompted Elton to get in touch with the Val de Vie Foundation.

The Val de Vie Foundation, upon receiving Elton’s request, approached Hope through Action and Valley of Abundance to jointly assist with making Elton’s dream come true. Within 24 hours, enough funds were collected and Elton received the life changing news. “I can’t express my gratitude towards all involved, I did not expect that my dream would become a reality, and I am truly grateful”, said Elton. As a token of his gratitude, Elton committed to cricket coaching in his spare time in the Paarl Valley, to support underprivileged youth sport development.

The Val de Vie Foundation’s mission is to give back to the larger community to help create a better life for all. It is primarily funded by 1% of all developer sales income and 5% of HOA levies from new homes. We target to distribute R100m in the next 8 years to numerous viable community projects in the Berg River Valley.

Hope Through Action was founded in 2008 with the aim to change lives through sport and education. Sport is used as a primary vehicle for change, because it speaks common language across nations, races and colours. A range of programmes and activities are designed to help young people play, learn and develop at world class facilities.

Pictured: Ryk Neethling Val de Vie Foundation Management/ Estate shareholder, Jeff Spinks Hope Through Action, Elton Daniels.

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