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Thanh Nien News, a Vietnamese newspaper, has an interesting piece on the English Cricket Club of Saigon (ECCS) which "connects members of the British community in Ho Chi Minh City with one another, preserves culture and does charity work".
The club chairman, Mr. Alan Mossman, said, “We want cricket to be a means of linking our fellow-countrymen and encouraging English expatriates to play our traditional sport. We also want to popularize it to other communities, including Ho Chi Minh City dwellers.”
“At the same time, we call for contributions from the club members, so that we can do some charity work in HCMC, as a way to express our honor and gratitude to the country we are living in.”
All the members strongly support the club's community policies.
The ECCS has grown quite big since it started in 2006.
It celebrated its first anniversary last month with a ceremony and officially made itself known to the public.
On the occasion, the club donated VND10 million to the Wildlife At Risk (WAR) in HCMC.
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