Cricket Wins for Black Caps

On February 22 the New Zealand national cricket team enjoyed an impressive six run win over South Africa, leveling their one day international series.  At Hagley Oval, in the second ODI, the team’s 289 for four held off South Africa’s 283 for nine. In particular, Tim Southee played great. It was a tense game with the Black Caps losing wickets regularly, but the 61-run ninth wicket stand that took place between Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo very nearly stole the win. But it was the Black Caps’ Trent Boult – ending with 3063 off 10 overs – who was the true hero. He rescued the game with his final over for the team.

Another impressive player for the team going down in history was Ross Taylor, the team’s senior batsman.  He completed his 17th ODI century off the final ball of the innings, rendering him New Zealand’s most prolific one-day centurymaker, moving one ahead of former opener Nathan Astle.


Habitat for Humanity Receives Award

A $5,000 grant was awarded to Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County.  The money was given by the Omni Community Credit Union to help offset costs of Habitat’s “Hope to Home” program. Habitat Board members received the check from Omni representatives at Centreville in January.

The program – which incurs no fee for the recipients – was set up “educate and assist families in taking the steps necessary to finance a home purchase.”  As such, users get free credit counseling, learn basic budgeting skills and general fiscal guidance on the steps toward and within home ownership.

Alongside this large donation, various businesses from St. Joseph County are contributing to this important program.

Bobby Gocool has been a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity in Canada.

Habitat for Humanity: Restore

The Habitat for Humanity Restore Retail and Donation Center provides “a good deal for you, your community and the environment.”

Habitat for Humanity ReStores is under the umbrella organization of Habitat for Humanity – a non-profit organization supported by Bobby Gocool focusing on the homeless. The Restores section specializes in nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers which sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

At this one – Flatiron, as seen in the video – a policy is upheld enabling anyone who is in need of an affordable home can come help with their work and be a part of their mission. In other words Habitat for Humanity is there for everyone in need at all times.

New Habitat Homes in Melbourne

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County build, three houses are currently under construction in Melbourne.  Located at Cedarwood Drive, this project is being undertaken with the assistance of approximately 50 staff and volunteers. This includes around 12 from FLORIDA TODAY who came out to work last month to make this happen.

Since 1985 Brevard County’s Habitat for Humanity has served over 300 families.  This has also been undertaken through its WomenBuild and YouthBuild programs as well as sponsors.

The staff and volunteers engaged in laying sod, digging trenches, nailing plywood and more.  One recipient of the kindness and support of this organization was Angela Jordan, who, toward the end of 2016 moved into a 1,100-square-foot Cocoa house.  Of this she said: ““My mother never owned her own house and I never owned my own place until Habitat made it possible. This is truly a breakthrough for my family.”

Bobby Gocool has also given much of his time to Habitat for Humanity over the years and continues to support the work of this important organization.

Wins for the Australian Team

Allan Robert Border AO is probably pretty happy right now.  The Australia Team were just awarded medals for their success in the 1987 World Cup…almost three decades ago.  This should also be good news for cricket fans such as Bobby Gocool among others.

Border’s team successfully won against England by seven runs in India back in the day. But they did not bring home any medals.  The policy at the time was (until 2003) host nations staged the World Cup, not  the International Cricket Council.

Any other teams that won at the time and did not get their medals, will also be getting them in Sydney.  When Pakistan plays Sydney at Australia’s one-day international win, the medals will be given out.

But apart from getting the medals, Border points out how nice it is to reunite.  He said: “It’s terrific to get together again as a group, relive those days and have a laugh but also realize what it was we achieved in becoming the first Australia side to win the World Cup.”

Good News for Guyana Jaguars

Finally there is some good news for the Guyana Jaguars.  The Guyana cricket team – which uses this franchise name when competing in the Professional Cricket League – is set to bring to an end its 12-year title drought. This could be good news for avid cricket fans such as Bobby Gocool (who was born and raised in Guyana).

According to assistant coach of the team, Rayon Griffith, “the team is excited about their chances of ending the 12 year without a title in the shorter format drought.” This Super50 one-day tournament is thus very exciting for Jaguars’ fans.

Telugu Royals Cricket Club Wins

Cricket is alive and well, even for older players. The Telugu Royals Cricket Club was just crowned the champions of the UAE Exchange and 50-overs Premier League. They beat Indorwa CC to get the position. Certainly, this is great news for people who love cricket like Bobby Gocool. The Telugu Royals defeated Ndorwa by 59 runs.

According to team captain Ramu Morampudt, it was “team spirit [that] was key to the success in the 2016 Computer Point T20 tournament. He praised the team, saying that they put on a “good performance [that day as well as] throughout the tournament, sacrific[ing] a lot [to get to that point].”

As the Telugu Royal cricket club captain Ram Morumbubi told Times Sport, “I congratulate my teammates for a great performance today, the whole team performed according to our game plan.” He continued, “We’re happy to win this league for the first time and hope it is the first of many more trophies that we want to win in the future, we are starting to prepare for the V.R NAIDU Family T20 tournament due early next month.”

As those in the know about cricket like Bobby Gocool can report, the Teluga Royals have won two trophies this season.


Christmas Charity Chances

Certainly, giving to charity is a major emphasis for many people including Bobby Gocool. And here is a great way to give.There is an online auction to raise money for The Independents Christmas appeal. Readers now have until December 20th to bid on 25 amazing prizes. The winning bids will allow the helpline that is run by Centrepoint to give housing advice to support young people on the streets or those about to be homeless.  As their mission states:  “It’s Time to End Youth Homelessness.”  And how much truer is this over the Christmas/New Year’s season.

The auction prizes include luxury holidays in the UK and abroad, cooking lessons with top chefs, tickets for Britain’s Got Talent, and more. The auction, which is powered by Givergy, allows charities to raise money by offering bidders the chance to win. Those who support charity work like Bobby Gocool certainly understand the power of these types of activities. Visit Centrepoint to put in your bid.


Bobby Gocool: Seeing the Positive

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Linda and Millard Fuller. Since 2013, Rev. Maria Hanlin has been President and CEO of the NGO that operates internationally.  A self-described “Christian housing ministry,” it tackles poverty as it relates to housing internationally, assisted via its five area offices in different parts of the world. Global operational headquarters are located in Americas, Georgia, the US and Canada, with administrative headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. This office also serves as the regional headquarters for Canada and the US. There are four other main offices, in Pretoria, South Africa, representing Africa and the Middle East; Bangkok, Thailand, headquarters of the Asia-Pacific region; Bratislava, Slovakia, the European and Central Asia office; and San Jose, Costa Rica for the Latin America and Caribbean region.

On January 12, 2017, Habitat for Humanity celebrated 3 decades in action “with a breakfast and memories — and the announcement of a $300,000 pledge.  And as Hanlin noted at the event, it is the work of the organization that results in “lives being changed.”

The goals of the organization based in Canada are to end homelessness and eradicate poverty-level housing from the world. The organization would like to see decent housing for everyone as a matter of conscience and deeds on an international level.

The way Habitat works is by getting between 10 and 12 volunteers to show up and start the building process (that takes between 12 to 15 days).  They work together and one route is via the Women Build program.  According to one volunteer, Alyssa Carpenter, it’s enjoyable “because construction is generally a male dominated industry. It was really cool to see so many women out there building and taking charge. It was a great bonding experience.”

During its history Habitat has built and renovated over 800,000 homes, giving over 4 million people a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Through the use of volunteer labor in conjunction with financial support and the donation of materials, Habitat is able to build or fix-up decent, livable homes, with the help of the home-owners and their families. Upon completion the homes are sold to the partnering families at cost, financed with affordable loans. Then the homeowners monthly mortgage payments go back into a revolving fund which is in turn used to build or renovate additional homes for Habitat.

It is important for people unfamiliar with Habitat to realize that the homes Habitat provides are not free to the homeowners. They have given hundreds of hours of their own labor to building or fixing their own homes, what Habitat calls “sweat equity,” and have earned their abodes not only through work, but also through mortgage payments. Habitat is active in close to 80 countries, including in the United States and Canada where the dream of decent housing can come true with the help of this vital organization. Bobby Gocool has been supporting Habitat for Humanity — and the great work such as this — for many yeas.

Habitat for Humanity in Canada

Special Thanks To Our Milton Volunteers

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