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Toronto cricket world cup makes debut

July 18, 2013 - All News

Scarborough Hospital raises $50,000 as SMA lifts trophy
 
By NOUMAN KHALIL
Staff Writer
The GTA’s own action-packed and fun-filled cricket world cup made its debut at the fields of L’Amoreaux Park in Scarborough.
In the finals, Scarborough Muslim Association team defeated Asian Television Network (ATN) by 4 wickets and took home the first Scarborough World Cup of Cricket trophy.
Bating first, ATN scored 62 for 6 in their allotted 15 overs while SMA reached the target of 63 in less than 10 overs to beat ATN by 4 wickets.
The ultimate winner however was The Scarborough Hospital Foundation, which raised $50,000 for its Cancer Care Program through the two-day community-wide family event.
“The event exceeded our expectations, and is a testament to the growing popularity of cricket in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA),” said Michael Mazza, president of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (TSHF). “It also demonstrates that great things can be accomplished when the community comes together.”
Some 10 teams took part in the event, which was organized by the hospital foundation. Apart from the tournament, the fair also featured cricket clinics, family barbeque and an international food fair. Hospital doctors and nurses also performed Teddy Bear ‘check-ups’ in field tents.
Celebrities on-site included famous professional cricket player Umar Bhatti, popular level-three certified cricket coach Nadeem Khokhar, veteran cricket commentator Iftikhar Ahmed and former Toronto Raptors player Jamaal Magloire.
Main sponsors of the event were Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Royal Bank of Canada, Habib Canadian Bank/Pakistan Consulate, The Islamic Foundation of Toronto, Western Union, Arthur Fire Protection, Woburn Medical Dental Centre, Woburn Pharmacy, Scarborough Town Centre, Physiomed, The Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field, Remax Community Realty and Physio-Fit.
“We thank all of our sponsors and the GTA community for attending the Scarborough World Cup of Cricket and supporting such an important cause for the residents of Scarborough,” said Nigel Samaroo, chair of Scarborough World Cup of Cricket.
Sari Greenwood, patients manager of The Scarborough Hospital Cancer Care program, said the funds raised will help the hospital continue to provide high-quality integrated cancer care services to the community and high quality cancer care close to home for thousands of local residents.
“The Scarborough Hospital receives more than 24,000 visits annually to its cancer centre, and the numbers are growing,” said Greenwood. “Managed by a multi-disciplinary team of oncologists and specially-trained nurses, the hospital’s cancer care program is very strong and with increased integration of services, our program will become even stronger.”
Since its inception, the foundation has worked with generous donors, volunteers and community members to raise the funds needed to help save lives, and support the hospital’s vision to be recognized as Canada’s leader in providing the best healthcare for a global community.

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