The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program carries out a lot of fantastic work across the country. Obviously, all of the amazing work that they do can’t be done for free, which is why the rely heavily on funds given to them by Health Canada.
Is This the Only Money That They Receive?
They can get an awful lot done with the money that they receive from Health Canada, but like with everyone in life, they can always do with a bit more.
Cricket Canada is really impressed with what they do for the women of Canada, that they decided to come up with a way to raise more money for them.
What Did They Decide to Do?
Well, every year, the country hosts the Global T20 Canada, which is a 20 over competition between 6 franchise teams from across the country. This is a great spectacle for Canadian cricket lovers as it gives them the opportunity to watch some of the best players from around the world try to smash the ball as far as they can.
For the 2019 edition, which was won by the Winnipeg Hawks, Cricket Canada came up with a great idea that would help to raise a lot of money for the CPNP. For every six that was hit in one of the matches at the tournament, Cricket Canada would donate $100 to the CPNP. Now you might be thinking that $100 isn’t that much, but this is T20 cricket that we are talking about. In this format of the game, it rains sixes.
How Many Sixes Were Hit Over the Course of the Tournament?
The first game was between the Toronto Nationals and the Vancouver Knights and the six-hitting started with aplomb. In this first match alone, 18 sixes were hit, meaning $1,800 was raised from just the opening game.
The next five matches didn’t see any let up of sixes, with a whopping 98 sixes being smacked into the crowd. This meant that after just six matches, $11,600 had been raised for the CPNP.
By the time that the first round had come to an end, a further 178 sixes had been hit. This meant that the first-round alone cost Cricket Canada $29,400.
During the play-off stages of the competition, the six teams smacked 65 sixes between them, adding an addition $6,500 to the pot. This left the final, in which a final 24 sixes were hit, earning another $2,400 for the CPNP.
This meant that in the 22 matches that had been played over the course of the tournament, a whopping 383 sixes had been struck. Therefore, this meant that Cricket Canada wrote a check to the CPNP for $38,300.
This was a fantastic sum of money already, but the players who had won the 22 Player of the Match awards had decided that they would donate their cash prizes to the CPNP as well. All these players had received an additional $1,500 for being the best player in the match, meaning an additional $33,000 was raised for a great cause. At the end of the tournament, the CPNP received a check for $71,300.
The CPNP’s Reaction When They Were Gifted the Check
Cricket Canada wanted it to be a nice surprise, so they never actually told the fans or the CPNP what the plan was. All the players knew, but they had all signed waivers to promise that they wouldn’t tell anyone. This means that for the 22 matches, none of the fans were aware that every six that was hit was earning $100 for the CPNP.
Cricket Canada invited some of the representatives of the CPNP to final but, although they expected something, none of them knew exactly what was happening. At the end of the tournament, they invited the chairman down on to the pitch and presented her with the check.
She was so overwhelmed by the generosity that she broke down in tears and struggled to speak for the next couple of minutes. When she had stopped crying, she addressed Cricket Canada and the players and thanked them for their extreme generosity. She assured everyone that the money would be put to very good use and that it would help to support many pregnant women and young mothers across the country.