Gunasekera becomes 11th Sri Lankan to receive honorary MCC membership

By Staff Writers | November 15, 2012

PhotoKushil Gunasekera, who is the founder of the charity the Foundation of Goodness and Muttiah Muralitharan's manager, has been awarded honorary life membership by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Gunasekera joins a select group of current and former players, umpires, administrators and journalists who have been awarded honorary life membership.

The invitation was made at a recent meeting in Colombo in the presence of fellow MCC honorary life member Kumar Sangakkara.

Honorary life membership acknowledges Gunasekera’s inspirational work in the development of the MCC Centre of Excellence, which has transformed the lives of thousands of Sri Lankans over the past eight years following the 2004 tsunami.

"I am amazed and utterly surprised to be offered MCC honorary life membership," Gunasekera said.

"It is a most unimaginable honour bestowed upon me. It is an extraordinary gesture on the part of MCC for which I am deeply indebted."

In addition to providing medical and dental facilities serving around 50 surrounding villages, the MCC Centre of Excellence located in Seenigama, which was established by Gunasekera in his ancestral property, provides relevant life skills and vocational training by way of twelve different empowerment initiatives, with a focus on education and encouraging participation in cricket.

"I would like to sincerely thank all those who have made the partnership between MCC and the Foundation of Goodness flourish over the years since its inception," Gunasekera added.

"In the course of this partnership, we have enabled thousands of disadvantaged rural beneficiaries to make better progress for their future well being and prosperity.

"Receiving this rare privilege, I am encouraged and inspired to continue our great work."

Honorary life membership is awarded by the MCC committee to individuals in recognition of the service they have given to cricket and projects surrounding the game, often over a very long period.

“MCC is delighted that Kushil has joined the Club, and I very much look forward to welcoming him to Lord’s in the future," the president of MCC, Mike Griffith, said.

There are now more than 300 honorary life members of MCC out of a total full membership of 18,000, and Gunasekera is the eleventh Sri Lankan to be invited to be an honorary life member of the club.

The MCC was founded in 1787, and is considered the world's most famous cricket club. They are the guardians of cricket's laws and the custodians of the Lord's Cricket Ground.

With inputs from an MCC press release.

© Island Cricket

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