Cricket Canada came up with a fantastic idea to raise money for the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program. For every six that was hit during the 2019 Global T20 competition played in Canada, they donated $100 dollars to the CPNP. Come the end of the tournament, more than $70,000 had been raised.
An Interview with the President of Cricket Canada
Ranjit Saini is the current President of Cricket Canada and it was him who came up with the wonderful idea of raising money for the CPNP. A representative from the CPNP caught up with him after the tournament to ask him about what motivated him to come up with the idea. The interview can be found below.
Sarah: Good evening Ranjit, thank you for taking the time to speak to us. Also, before we start, I would just like to thank you once again, on behalf of the CPNP, for the money that you raised for us.
Ranjit: Good evening, thank you for having me. No worries Sarah, it was our absolute pleasure to be able to help out such a fantastic organization that is close to my heart.
Sarah: You say that the organization is close to your heart, can you give us some background information as to why this is? Please feel free to go into detail, I am here to listen to you after all.
Ranjit: Of course! Well, my parents moved to Canada in 1993 from New Delhi in India. I was 15 at the time. Our new life in Canada started off as a bit of a struggle, which was putting a lot of strain on my parents’ marriage. Then, in 1996, my mother got pregnant again. The incoming financial costs put even more strain on their marriage and my dad packed up and went back to India, leaving me and my pregnant mother behind. My mother got really depressed and turned to alcohol to numb the pain, despite the obvious fact that alcohol and pregnancy do not mix well. I tried to get her to stop, but she was spiraling out of control. Fearing for the safety of my unborn sibling, I enrolled her in a community group for pregnant women with alcohol issues. This group was set up and funded by the CPNP. My mother went to the meetings and they helped her to get sober again. Six months later, she gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl. This is why I will always have huge respect for the CPNP.
Sarah: That is a wonderful story, and I am really glad that our organization could help your mother out. This is what we are here for after all. So, when did you decide that you wanted to give something back to us and how did you come up with the idea?
Ranjit: Well, I was just scrolling through the local news on the internet one night, when I came across an article about the CPNP having an issue with funding. I remembered what your organization did for my mother, so I started thinking of ways that I could help. We were preparing for the upcoming Global T20 Canada competition, so I thought we could maybe use that as a way to raise some money for your great organization. I was thinking about what we could do for a number of days, before I came up with the idea of donating $100 dollars for every six that was hit.
Sarah: What a great idea it was, thank you. May I ask though why you decided to keep it quiet until the end of the tournament.
Ranjit: To be perfectly honest, I am not really sure why…I just thought that would be the best way to do things.
Sarah: Well that is fair enough. At the end of the competition, all of the players that had won a Player of the Match award added their cash prizes to the overall total. Was that your idea too, or was it something that they came up with by themselves?
Ranjit: No, that wasn’t my idea. I would never suggest to people to donate their own money to a cause. I am not sure who came up with the idea to be honest, but I am really glad (and proud) of whoever did. It helped to raise a lot more money for a great organization.
Sarah: I am really glad too and we will make sure that all of the money that you and the players helped to raise will be put to a very good cause. I know you are a very busy man, so I think we can conclude this interview now. One more time, I would like to thank you for your time and for your generosity, it is very much appreciated.
Ranjit: You are very welcome, Sarah. I am just happy that Cricket Canada and the players that took part in the tournament have been able to help the CPNP out. We wish you all the very best for your future projects.
What a Selfless Man Ranjit Saini is
Ranjit Saini has got to be one of the most selfless men in Canada. Many people take organizations such as the CPNP for granted, but Saini was extremely grateful for the treatment that his mother got when she was going through a rough patch in her life.
He remembered this help many years later and when he saw that the CPNP was struggling when it comes to getting funding, he knew this was his chance to finally help give them something back.
With the CPNP, a strong sense of community is something that they continuously try to strive towards, and this act of kindness from Ranjit was something that definitely highlights how different members of the community can help each other out.