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“Honouring the memory of Basil and Damian D'Oliveira through the delivery of cricket programs  and projects that support and encourage children and young people to participate in cricket."

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New Face on the Committee
The D’Oliveira Foundation is please to announce that Tim Cox has kindly agreed to become part of our new look committee. Tim (pictured with son Ben), is well known in local cricketing circles having played for a number of local clubs. A lifelong supporter of Worcestershire County Cricket Club he was also instrumental in the organising and undertaking of last years extremely successful Walk for Basil. Chairman Dormston Cook said “We are extremely pleased that Tim gas agreed to get more involved with The Foundation, as well as his cricketing knowledge and experience Tim will also bring additional business and commercial skills to the table, all of which will be vital as we progress as an organisation. As most people will be aware The Foundation has undergone a number of exciting changes over the last couple of months and we hope to be recruiting a new Treasurer in the next few weeks, all of this will help bring about our aim of gaining “charitable status.” Tim is proud to have been born in the Black Country and at a young age, often made the short journey to watch the county from his home in Tipton to Dudley Cricket Club. Having been educated at Heathfield School and Sebright School Wolverley, he then played cricket for Hagley, Belbroughton, Warwick Acorns and Worcestershire Gents. Rumour has it; Tim was transferred for a bag of spuds between Hagley and Belbroughton!! Tim still plays a bit for Belbroughton Strollers and now has more time to follow the county after the sale of the family business Purity Soft Drinks. Having participated in the sponsored walk last year, Tim is delighted to have been asked to join the D’Oliveira Foundation Committee.
We are pleased to announce that David Banks has agreed to become our second D’Oliveira Ambassador, David who played for both Worcestershire and our “old enemy” Warwickshire made his Worcester debut in 1982 and is one of just a few batsmen to make a hundred on his First Class Debut for the club. He will be working with our first ambassador Paul Smith to raise the profile of The Foundation and support our fundraising efforts.  Following his appointment Dave said “For me the name D'Oliviera is cricket, like Bradman, Lara, Tendulkar, bats, balls, pitches and stumps. Back in the 70s my Father would take me to New Road to watch cricket. Dolly was his favourite player. During breaks in play the kids would set up games on the outfield or against the side of the old scoreboard. One kid always batted first but if I had my own bat I could partner him - his name was Damian. Just a few short years later Basil was my coach, Damian my friend and colleague.  My role as head coach with the County u17s and u19s has also meant working with Damian's lads Marcus, Dominic and Brett not to forget Ryan of course. Naomi has been Mom to countless young cricketers seeking their fortune at Worcester from all corners of the globe and of course Tracey has been fiends to us all for more years than I can remember. No runs and no wickets but Tracey D always knew what to say…' Every Dog has his day'. Long may there be a D'Oliviera at Worcestershire - it's a pleasure to be involved”.
Foundation Unveils Second Ambassador
David’s Career
We are very pleased to announce that John Wright has kindly agreed to become our new Treasurer. With all the plans we have for The Foundation, this role is going to become increasingly important and we are certain that John will be a superb addition to the committee. John Wright was born in Kidderminster and first attended a match at New Road in 1956 age 8. He has been a life member since 1992. He was a Chartered Accountant with a practice in Worcester until becoming a C of E Clergyman in 1988. His last post was as Rector of Tetbury in Gloucestershire from which he retired in January 2013. He was made a Canon of Gloucester Cathedral in May 2011. He and Liz then moved back to Worcester and live in the house nearest to the County Ground without crossing the road. He played cricket for the Diocese of Worcester for a while and was in a side which reached the semi-finals of the Church Times Cup (for all 44 Dioceses) where he was second top scorer with four not out of which three came off the boot off the bowling of Andrew Wingfiled-Digby. He can be found at New Road on most days when Worcestershire are playing.
John Now in Charge of Making Sure Accounts Are Wright
Our first ever Gala Dinner is turning out to be a mammoth event and is on target to raise a substantial amount of money. To support our work, midlands based Andyfreight a leading haulage, warehousing and distribution specialist have kindly agreed to sponsor the main course at the event which takes place on Saturday 26th of September. Managing Director Andy Poutney said “We are delighted to offer our support to a very important event. We would like to wish everyone involved all the very best”. Visit the Andyfreight website at http://www.andyfreight.co.uk
Gala Dinner Gets Second Sponsor
We are delighted to announce that Gareth Andrew has kindly agreed to become The Foundation’s third ambassador. Gareth is already working with Brett D’Oliveira on an exciting project that we will be revealing in the very near future and was the unanimous choice of both The Foundation’s committee and the D’Oliveira family to become the third of the five ambassadors that will be appointed. Our Ambassadors do a great job in widening and increasing awareness of The D’Oliveira Foundation and the work that we do – we envisage the role encompassing the following activities: Promoting the Foundation at cricketing and social events Using their social media outlets to promote the organisation Distributing our advertising/promotional materials Increasing awareness of the organisation within cricketing circles Wear Foundation branded clothing Networking and making useful contacts
Gareth commented, "It is an honour and a pleasure to be named as a Ambassador for the D'Oliveira Foundation. The family has been inspirational to me since my first day at Worcester CCC. I look forward to getting involved with my duties as Ambassador and helping the Foundation grow."
Gareth Delighted to be Appointed Third Ambassador
First Stages of Anniversary Bust
We now have a new page on this site which will tell the story of the creation of the Anniversary Bust, of Basil and Damian, which is being currently being sculptured. We will bring you regular updates, photos and more to keep you abreast of progress of this interesting project, which is being funded by the Foundation. Visit the page by clicking the Anniversary Bust button at the top of this page or click here.
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“Honouring the memory of Basil and Damian D'Oliveira  through the delivery of cricket programs and projects  that support and encourage children and young people  to participate in cricket."
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The D’Oliveira Foundation is please to announce that Tim Cox has kindly agreed to become part of our new look committee. Tim (pictured with son Ben), is well known in local cricketing circles having played for a number of local clubs. A lifelong supporter of Worcestershire County Cricket Club he was also instrumental in the organising and undertaking of last years extremely successful Walk for Basil. Chairman Dormston Cook said “We are extremely pleased that Tim gas agreed to get more involved with The Foundation, as well as his cricketing knowledge and experience Tim will also bring additional business and commercial skills to the table, all of which will be vital as we progress as an organisation. As most people will be aware The Foundation has undergone a number of exciting changes over the last couple of months and we hope to be recruiting a new Treasurer in the next few weeks, all of this will help bring about our aim of gaining charitable status.” Tim is proud to have been born in the Black Country and at a young age, often made the short journey to watch the county from his home in Tipton to Dudley Cricket Club. He was educated at Heathfield School and Sebright School Wolverley and has played cricket for Hagley, Belbroughton, Warwick Acorns and Worcestershire Gents. Rumour has it; Tim was transferred for a bag of spuds between Hagley and Belbroughton!! Tim still plays a bit for Belbroughton Strollers and now has more time to follow the county after the sale of the family business Purity Soft Drinks. Having participated in the walk last year, Tim is delighted to have been asked to join the D’Oliveira Foundation Committee.
New Face on the Committee
We are pleased to announce that David Banks has agreed to become our second D’Oliveira Ambassador, David who played for both Worcestershire and our “old enemy” Warwickshire made his Worcester debut in 1982 and is one of just a few batsmen to make a hundred on his First Class Debut for the club. He will be working with our first ambassador Paul Smith to raise the profile of The Foundation and support our fundraising efforts. Following his appointment Dave said “For me the name D'Oliviera is cricket, like Bradman, Lara, Tendulkar, bats, balls, pitches and stumps. Back in the 70s my Father would take me to New Road to watch cricket. Dolly was his favourite player. During breaks in play the kids would set up games on the outfield or against the side of the old scoreboard. One kid always batted first but if I had my own bat I could partner him - his name was Damian. Just a few short years later Basil was my coach, Damian my friend and colleague. My role as head coach with the County u17s and u19s has also meant working with Damian's lads Marcus, Dominic and Brett not to forget Ryan of course. Naomi has been Mom to countless young cricketers seeking their fortune at Worcester from all corners of the globe and of course Tracey has been fiends to us all for more years than I can remember. No runs and no wickets but Tracey D always knew what to say…' Every Dog has his day'. Long may there be a D'Oliviera at Worcestershire - it's a pleasure to be involved
Foundation Unveils Second Ambassador
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David’s Career
We are very pleased to announce that John Wright has kindly agreed to become our new Treasurer. With all the plans we have for The Foundation, this role is going to become increasingly important and we are certain that John will be a superb addition to the committee. John Wright was born in Kidderminster and first attended a match at New Road in 1956 age 8. He has been a life member since 1992. He was a Chartered Accountant with a practice in Worcester until becoming a C of E Clergyman in 1988. His last post was as Rector of Tetbury in Gloucestershire from which he retired in January 2013. He was made a Canon of Gloucester Cathedral in May 2011. He and Liz then moved back to Worcester and live in the house nearest to the County Ground without crossing the road. He played cricket for the Diocese of Worcester for a while and was in a side which reached the semi-finals of the Church Times Cup (for all 44 Dioceses) where he was second top scorer with four not out of which three came off the boot off the bowling of Andrew Wingfiled-Digby. He can be found at New Road on most days when Worcestershire are playing.
John Now in Charge of Making Sure Accounts Are Wright
Gala Dinner Gets Second Sponsor Our first ever Gala Dinner is turning out to be a mammoth event and is on target to raise a substantial amount of money. To support our work, midlands based Andyfreight a leading haulage, warehousing and distribution specialist have kindly agreed to sponsor the main course at the event which takes place on Saturday 26th of September. Managing Director Andy Poutney said “We are delighted to offer our support to a very important event. We would like to wish everyone involved all the very best”. Visit the Andyfreight website at http://www.andyfreight.co.uk
We are delighted to announce that Gareth Andrew has kindly agreed to become The Foundation’s third ambassador. Gareth is already working with Brett D’Oliveira on an exciting project that we will be revealing in the very near future and was the unanimous choice of both The Foundation’s committee and the D’Oliveira family to become the third of the five ambassadors  that will be appointed. Our Ambassadors do a great job in widening and increasing awareness of The D’Oliveira Foundation and the work that we do – we envisage the role encompassing the following activities: Promoting the Foundation at cricketing and social events Using their social media outlets to promote the organisation Distributing our advertising/promotional materials Increasing awareness of the organisation within cricketing circles Wear Foundation branded clothing Networking and making useful contacts
Gareth commented, "It is an honour and a pleasure to be named as a Ambassador for the D'Oliveira Foundation. The family has been inspirational to me since my first day at Worcester CCC. I look forward to getting involved with my duties as Ambassador and helping the Foundation grow."
Gareth Delighted to be Appointed Third Ambassador
First Stages of Anniversary Bust
We now have a new page on this site which will tell the story of the creation of the Anniversary Bust, of Basil and Damian, which is being currently being sculptured. We will bring you regular updates, photos and more to keep you abreast of progress of this interesting project, which is being funded by the Foundation. Visit the page by clicking the Anniversary Bust button at the top of this page or click here.
Anniversary Bust