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Trio's African adventure

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 21 May 2013

Keiron Jones, Kaiden Goldspink and Josh McAvoy, who are heading to South Africa.

Keiron Jones, Kaiden Goldspink and Josh McAvoy, who are heading to South Africa.

Three young Lowestoft Town cricketers have been given the exciting opportunity of a lifetime to visit South Africa in February of next year.

Kieran Jones, Kaiden Goldspink and Joshua McAvoy, are also members of the Norfolk County Cricket under 12 squad and will be touring South Africa with two Norfolk squads who will be playing matches against various teams.

Three young Lowestoft Town cricketers have been given the exciting opportunity of a lifetime to visit South Africa in February of next year.

Kieran Jones, Kaiden Goldspink and Joshua McAvoy, are also members of the Norfolk County Cricket under 12 squad and will be touring South Africa with two Norfolk squads who will be playing matches against various teams. To help fund the trip the boys have undertaken a number of fund-raising activities with the support of the Lowestoft Town cricket club.

To date they have held raffles, helped with barbeques and a tuck shop at matches.

Letters have also been sent to various clubs and organisations seeking funds or donations for an auction that will be taking place next Friday at the Sunrise Inn in Lowestoft.

All money raised on the night will be shared between the boys and the club.

So far generous donations have been received from Sims Systems Limited and British Power International; a Colchester based company, who has generously agreed to match any amount the boys raise.

Although the England Cricket Board are not able to support the fund directly one of their officials was so impressed with the boy's efforts that he made a personal donation himself.

The boys have also received a cricket bat signed by the whole Surrey County Cricket squad, including Mark Ramprakash and Mark Butcher for the auction and have hopes of receiving other items from first class clubs to boost their funds.

The boys would love to hear from any local businesses that can offer support in the form of a donation to the fund or an item for the auction.

Although the cricket dinner will be for Lowestoft Town Cricket players, anyone interested in bidding for the auction items are welcome to come to the Sunrise Inn on the night.

The Auction will start at approximately 10pm.

Once the boys return to the UK next year they are hoping to talk to other youngsters about their experiences and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

With the Australians touring England next year, Ashes-mania is sure to return and it is hoped many young cricketers, both boys and girls, will flock to their local clubs in the hope of emulating the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff and the England team.

Jones, Goldspink and McAvoy will continue with their fund raising efforts and would publicly like to thank Lowestoft Town for the tremendous support and encouragement they have given them.

w To make a donation to the boys' fund or for further details please contact Cathy Hampshire on 01502 581977.

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