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April 21, 2009

Schools feel the heat with 1000 IPL tickets per match up for grabs


John White, Tala Ross, WG Stoman, Nabeelah Dollie and Shaaieq Gedaar were chosen to receive the HEAT bursary during the match between the Delhi Daredevils and the Kings XI Punjab held at Sahara Park Newlands on April 19.

Cricket fans at schools around South Africa have another reason to cheer – apart from cheering on their favourite IPL team to win the tournament, that is.

As part of the DLF IPL’s Help Educate and Teach (HEAT) programme, underprivileged schools in all major centres where IPL matches are being played will receive 1 000 tickets per match on a first come, first served basis.

Schools will be able to raise funds for educational needs by selling these tickets to learners for R20.00 each. The purchaser will also receive two free tickets for every ticket bought from the school.

Schools wishing to participate in the project should contact the coordinator, Philippa Spark, at pspark@cybersmart.co.za or on 078 410 2998.

This generous offer is just one part of the DLF IPL’s HEAT project – an R8-million scholarship programme for schools and learners, and one of the largest community programmes in South Africa initiated by a sports organisation.

Thirty underprivileged schools in the vicinity of the host cities will receive R100 000 for a specifically dedicated scholarship fund.

As if that were not enough to get excited about, five lucky learners at each IPL match will be identified – their faces will be flashed on the stadium screens – and R15 000 will be paid into their school fee accounts in their names.

Speaking at the launch of the HEAT initiative on April 17 in Cape Town, DLF IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi stated that a good education remains at the heart of any effort to develop and uplift individuals and nations.

“Talented sports people can become big stars, but without a good education there is something missing from sporting achievement. And for those of us not blessed with outstanding sporting talent, our futures are built on ensuring that we stay in school and equip ourselves for a productive and successful life,” he said.

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