Cricket players went to bat for a cause at the Stamford Cricket Club’s third annual fundraising tournament. SCC Bats For Safety and Education was hosted at Lione Park this weekend to raise money for the Stamford Fire Safety Foundation and Asha for Education.
"All of us are fortunate enough to be in the community. We have good jobs, we’ve been in the country for a long time and this is our way of just giving back to the community,” says SCC member Vaidheesh Krish.
The Stamford Fire Safety Foundation was started after a tragic Christmas fire took 5 lives in 2011.
“It’s a non-profit organization where they have a lot of fire and life safety initiatives for Stamford residents,” says Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski. “The main initiative right now is the Alert For Life which is providing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to those Stamford residents in need.”
“We go and install them in their house if they don’t know where to put them or something, we go and help them out,” says firefighter Jimmy Romaniello. “It’s a really good program, it’s saving lives.”
The Asha for Education organization supports education for underprivileged children in India. The Stamford Chapter is 1 of 67 chapters that exist worldwide.
“We have been supporting schools in one of the most disadvantaged parts of India, the Northeast,” says Bhargavi Ramamurthy, event coordinator for Asha’s Stamford Chapter. “We financially support projects in India but we’re involved in the local community by volunteering our time towards support of education related issues within our community.”
The event raised over $14,000 for the two organizations. Before Sunday’s check presentation, 19 white balloons were released in honor of the 19 firefighters who were lost in an Arizona blaze last month.
Past SCC tournaments have raised over $30,000 for the Stamford Police Department and Wounded Warriors Project.