Thursday, April 21, 2005

Bradman Foundation likely in City

Foundation likely in City
Deccan Herald

The Bradman Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust based in Bowral, the childhood town of Sir Donald Bradman, was established back in 1987 and over the last 18 years, has constantly excelled in its endeavour to emulate Sir Donald Bradman’s ideals. The main objective of the Foundation is to maintain a living centre of cricket, which not only pays tribute to past cricketers but also provides inspiration for the future of the game.

It can only be heartening that the Bradman Foundation, which gained full approval of the legend himself more than a decade ago, is planning to set up a centre, the Bradman Foundation India, in Bangalore. Director of the Foundation, Richard Mulvaney, who was in the city as part of the Foundation’s association with Unibic, an Australian biscuit company, to promote Bradman Cookie’s in India, says the India Foundation will be launched in about three months time.

“We are in discussions with the local people, who are the best for such a venture and the association with a biscuit company is a great vehicle for spreading the name,” said Mulvaney.

Though Mulvaney wasn’t willing to divulge the exact details of the Foundation’s launch, he admitted that he was very satisfied with the first round of discussions and termed his meeting with Brijesh Patel, secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, and his visit to the Chinnaswamy stadium, as rather fruitful.

The Foundation, which owns the Bradman Museum in Bowral, has five galleries, a 100-seater theatre, a remote audio theatre and an extensive gift shop. It also housing an excellent collection of memorabilia, rare archival film footage and photographs. With their decision to spread their wings to India and set up a branch in Bangalore, cricket enthusiasts in the city can look forward to an enlightening experience in a couple of months.

One philosophy of the Don that Foundation firmly believes in is that “cricket is the finest character builder of all our sports and that as a vital part of heritage, its’ traditions be preserved for future generations.”

By deciding to set up operations here, they are sure doing that and Bangalore will have something the rest of the world can only look on with envy.


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