What an amazing day!

What an amazing day!

The day was going well when I got an unexpected and unsolicited email from an Ecademy contact, Milton Rodrigues, “Dear Steve,

I am happy to give you something I treasure, to help raise awareness for your great cause :-

A KOOKABURRA Shirt signed by the greatest Test Bowler of all-time,

SHANE WARNE ( 708 Test Wickets ) . Additionally, if I can & on the T20 Finals Day at the Rose Bowl, where I know the Hampshire Commercial Manager, Andy…I will try & get the great KEVIN PIETERSEN to sign it as well.

I was going to give it to my Son, Jamie who is a double Middlesex Champion with his Bessborough CC, but he already has a brand new Ricky Ponting Kookaburra Carnage bat.
So should be happy enough !

See you at SOUTHEND CC on the 5th Sept !

Milton Rodrigues
Surge-ITS Network Engineers, Wembley.
Co-Leader, ECADEMY Cricket Club.”

I replied, “My goodness, Milton,

I am ABSOLUTELY humbled that you would offer this.

Of course, I accept with thanks and humility. You can ABSOLUTELY be assured that I will pump the MAXIMUM out of this donation.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is exactly the type of gesture that makes Ecademy so great.

So whether you have a Shane Warne shirt or a Joe Soap shirt, please consider forwarding it to me. Better still meet up with me and we’ll get the press along to maximise the impact of the donation. If you do not have a shirt, pop down to your carboot sale, Chinese bazaar or wherever and get any shirt you like. Sign in, get your friends and family to sign and it call it FC Xerox, FC Zebra Web, FC York Seo Services or whatever your company is and anyway we go. Tina gave us FC Ecademy Denmark, Aron’s is FC Leasing Options and I´ll get you good PR. Perhaps you know a celebrity – we have Totti, John Arne Riise, Sir Elton John, Fish, Iron Maiden, Frank Worthington. What about a shirt signed by Paul Potts, Amanda whatever her name is that chose him, Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Branson …… sorry I have been out of England so long I am not sure who your celebrities are!

On my “Bucket List” as I travel I would love to meet Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scally, Ryan Giggs, JK Rowling, Gary Lineker, Peter Shilton, Arthur Scargill, Dennis Skinner, Martin Offiah, Ian Botham, Sir Alan Sugar, Geoff Boycott, Dr Ivan Meisner and Neil Kinnock. Can anybody assist?

Where to meet? Ecademy London this Thursday would be a great start! Then it´s Croydon Ecademy on the 27th, Manchester 25th June, Ecademy London 15th July, Bristol Boardroom in August, Ecademy Cricket in Southend …….and wherever else you invite me!

Milton, thanks again. I really look forward to meeting you ….just don’t put me in opening bat!

Kind Regards

Steve Hall”

What an amazing gesture! After 108 days’ cycling I seem to have volunteered for a game of cricket at the Ecademy Cricket Match in Southend! I guess I´ll just about have the strength to slice the cucumber!


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