• March 28, 2017

    A tribute to LBW Trust Founder Darshak Mehta OAM on his retirement as President

    From LBW Trust Chairman David Vaux

    When Darshak asked me two years ago to take over as Chairman of the Board of Directors, I agreed on the basis that he would become President and help the transition to a new era. With the Trust in great shape, Darshak has decided it is time for him to complete his retirement and has stepped down as President.
    Darshak’s contribution to The LBW Trust as a founder and long-term Chairman has been immense. I think the following tribute from co-founder and current director Mike Coward AM says it all:
    Dear Darshak,
    Knowing you as I think I do, this must have been one of the most difficult decisions of your life. You have given yourself utterly and unconditionally to the LBW Trust over the past 11 years and your legacy is incalculable and will stand the test of time. This is indisputable.
    You can derive considerable personal satisfaction from the way the organisation has evolved and must take pride in the fact so many young people are living a more fulfilling life because of the education and genuine care they have received through the reach of the Trust.
    Your knowledge of the Indian sub-continent and its Australian communities, coupled with your generosity of spirit, forceful personality and tirelessness provided the Trust with countless opportunities which continue to bear fruit as we saw at the 11th Dinner last Saturday.
    Of course, as you expected, it was not always smooth sailing. This was inevitable given the mix of personalities who have served the Trust since its foundation. But all challenges were met with honesty and the few disagreements resolved amicably. The core reason for the existence of the Trust was never obscured. Indeed, it has been a very happy and rewarding time.
    As the now lone founder still actively involved, I am aware of the great store you place in “corporate memory”, and I will be mindful of this as long as I remain at the boardroom table.
    Congratulations on your inestimable contribution to what has become a magnificent and influential organisation within and, indeed, beyond the cricket community. I wish you and Alpana contentment and good health in the future.
    With respect and very best wishes,
    Mike Coward

    The LBW Board is delighted that Darshak will continue his association as a Patron of The LBW Trust.

  • March 28, 2017

    The LBW Trust 11th Annual Dinner

    This year's LBW Trust Annual Dinner, held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 11, was a truly exceptional evening. Unforgettable contributions by renowned Kenyan educator Dr Kakenya Ntaiya and former Pakistan cricket captain and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram held spellbound the 500 supporters in attendance.
    Kakenya's address was so powerful she received a most moving standing ovation. Her passionate belief in the power of education and the role each of us can play to bring about change, aligns perfectly with the mission of the Trust. I’m delighted to report that with the extraordinary support of donors at the dinner the LBW Trust has raised the funds to send 26 of the first graduates from the Kakenya Centre of Excellence to university for three years. This wonderful development will change the lives of the young women, their families, their communities and help prevent female genital mutilation and the oppression of women. Kakenya has lit a fire which will rage across Africa.
    Kakenya’s visit was arranged and managed by our “Women for Change” group. A great effort and huge thanks to Liz Courtney, Lisa McIntyre, Virginia Briggs, Eleanor Hall, Kristin Stubbins with wonderful support from Jane Anne Dempsey and Lizzie Garrett.
    Consummate emcee Stephanie Brantz then introduced fellow director Mike Coward, who interviewed the charismatic Wasim Akram, who regaled the crowd with stories of his celebrated career and pondered whether his friend Imran Khan could become Prime Minister of Pakistan.
    Furthermore, he talked of the work of the Akram Foundation, which is helping impoverished children and destitute elders in Pakistan and ensuring clean drinking water can be provided to country country’s remote villages. Wasim’s warmth, humour and skill as a raconteur rounded off one of our best dinners.

    By the end of the evening, the Trust had raised a record amount. A huge thank you to chief organiser, Ron Holmes, and to all the Board for their assistance.