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Social cricket match sparks new venture
Chakra Ravinuthala and Syed Jaffry at Harrison Oval, Katoomba Street, Harrison.
Photo: Matt Bedford
When friends Syed Jaffry and Chakra
Ravinuthala started a social cricket
match between their respective
expatriate communities it was just for
A decade on the idea can lay claim
to bringing the Pakistani and Indian
communities closer together.
It spawned an annual T20 match
between the two communities with
involvement from international cricket
star Chris Cairns, attracted backing
from high commissioners, and this
month led to the launch of a unique
multicultural initiative in the capital.
The Sports for Health and
Wellbeing for Indians and Pakistanis
association aims to expand the
relationship established on the cricket
field to other sporting arenas and
social spheres where the two
communities come together.
Mr Ravinuthala, SHIP co-organiser
from the Indian community, said the
initiative demonstrated what the
communities had in common.
"No other association has formed
just for sports and wellbeing,'' he said.
"[And] no association so far has been
formed to work with both
communities at the same time.''
The idea has traded on the
traditional rivalry between the two
nations, which always sparks interest
among the expatriate communities.
SHIP will harness that interest to
encourage participation in other
sports, such as hockey or squash, but
also to share the knowledge and
expertise between the communities to
promote healthier lifestyles.
Mr Jaffry, SHIP co-organiser from
the Pakistani community, said another
aim was to strengthen ties between
Indians and Pakistanis on and off the
"Up until now it has only been the
cricket community that has been close
but with SHIP other sporting events
will happen between the two
communities,'' he said. "This is
probably one of the only associations
working to bring the communities
together through sports.
"I guess the whole idea is to bring
the two communities closer and closer
every year. In the long run I'm sure the
association between the two
communities will grow and that will be
a good thing for the Canberra
community as well.''
FAMILY MAKES CUPCAKES
IN MEMORY OF GRANDMA
Lanyon resident Lydia Aislabie and
her family are warming up the oven for
their annual cupcake drive for Pink
Ribbon Day on October 5. It will be
the fourth year they've baked to raise
money for the National Breast Cancer
Foundation. "Losing my grandmother
to breast cancer 18 years ago has
inspired me to run this fund-raiser
each year,'' Ms Aislabie said. The
family host the event from the Lanyon
SERVICE STATION SITE
Decontamination and demolition work
will start on the service station site
across from Green Square in Kingston
next month. In preparation for the
upcoming sale of the land, Kingston
residents received a letter informing
them of the work. The letter identified
the site as Block 50 Section 19
Kingston, on Eyre Street, and said the
remediation work will start before
ARTISTS COMPETE BY
SHOWING OFF WORK
The Artists Society of Canberra is
hosting its Spring Art Competition and
Exhibition at Albert Hall this week.
Each year ACT artists showcase their
quality and variety for the exhibition.
There is coffee and snacks during the
event with hands-on art for the kids on
Family Day Sunday. The event takes
place at Albert Hall from Wednesday
to Sunday, from 11am to 5pm, each
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