March 29, 2010

Offbeat

Steve Waugh rides the Magic Bus

Kanishkaa Balachandran

In a continuation of his laudable charity work in India, former Australian captain Steve Waugh was back in the country to meet and play sport with children from Mumbai’s slums. Waugh was in the city on behalf of the Magic Bus project, backed by the Laureus World Sports Academy, of which he is a member. Magic Bus is a sport for development project which helps to improve the lives of children living below the poverty line. Mumbai’s overwhelming slums have produced famous personalities in sports and various other fields and Waugh did his bit in trying to make a difference to their lives. His contribution to Udayan, a home for children of leprosy patients near Kolkata, has been well documented. “I have a 24-year history with India and am inspired by the people of this great country. For over 12 years I have been involved in charity work in India and over this time learnt a lot about the challenges that young people face," Waugh said. "So many of India's children do not have the opportunity to meet their full potential. Magic Bus is an inspirational programme making a difference for some of the children in India.”

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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