I am not going to bore you with a blow by blow type of report back but just try to high light the involvement of the virtual region of the honorary rangers in this years event.
Cricket 2011 will stand out as an important mile stone, not only was this the 5 th anniversary but it was the first year that the event was planned and held as a full honorary ranger project. Last years event was handled by the mods and forum members and the virtual region was only established on 1 February 2010 when most of the planing had been done.
Hosting an event like this takes a lot of planing and organisation and getting all the logistics in place is a major task. Planning started in Oct. 2010 in all earnest and included topics such as the games, sponsors and liaising with SANParks. The addition of the KTP team had its own specific needs and logistics and had to be included as well. In the end everything came together and the event was a huge success.
Friday saw the customary golf game and some of the warm up cricket matches while the in the evening the braai was held and issuing of name tags was done. Thanks to Boorgatspook, the tags was great as usual.
Saturday was cricket, cricket and more cricket during the day with the Silent Auction running in the background. The table was well stocked and there were some great items on offer, a great big and sincere thank you to all the folks and businesses who donated so generously, without you this could not happen.
The VHRs were instrumental in obtaining sponsorship for the KTP team's accommodation and cricket gear as well as something to eat and some spending money, thanks to the folks who made that possible.
The final event was the dinner hosted By SANParks in their new conference center and I must commend them on a perfect setting, the venue is one that is worthy of any major event and an asset in the SANParks inventory. Catering and presentation was top class and our sincere thanks to SANParks for their addition to the weekend.
The evening was not only speeches and thanks but there was a fair bit of fun and entertainment as well. The KTP team did a dance for us and the orange angels popped out to do their bit to add to the fun.
One of the evenings important tasks was the hand over of two donations to the relevant SANParks authorities
One was a parcel containing flash drives and memory cards donated by RUMURUTI to Lucy
The second was two torches donated by RiaanH to Frikkie of the anti poaching team.
A new trophy was donated in memory of one of the cricket stalwarts who sadly passed away. The Bigman trophy is for the forum player of the weekend and is voted by the Skukuza team this year it went to Bigman's son
Last on the agenda was a surprise lucky draw for a raffle for the folks who supported the silent auction, three smaller prizes were drawn and the big prize went to Dave.
Once again a big thank you to every one who made this year's cricket a success and especially to the folks who travelled to attend.