Little cancer sufferer Angus Little’s fund has been increased by $1240 following a successful “Umpire for Angus Day” on Saturday, December 1.
Cricket Wellington Umpires and Scorer’s Association members officiating in games on Saturday donated their match fees to the Angus Little Brain Tumour Fund-Raising Appeal, including some donations from non-active members.
One notable comment was made from retired umpire Jim Glynan who said, “I umpired David Little for a number of years and I’m sad to hear of his son’s illness. I’ll contribute $2 for every appeal of David’s I turned down. Consequently I think I’m up for about $100.00”
The day was preceded by long-standing Wellington umpire, Evan Watkin, sporting an Angus Little fund-raising sticker during the televised HRV 20/20 match between the Northern Knights and Canterbury Wizards played on Friday night. Watkin and his umpiring partner, Phil Jones, made sure that the SKY Sport commentary team were aware of the appeal – leading to a summary of Angus’s story from Mark Richardson during the second innings.
Cricket Wellington Umpires Chairman, Grant McAlister (pictured above with David and Angus Little) was at Fraser Park on Saturday to umpire the local derby game, Taita versus Naenae and laid down a challenge, “I’m proud to lead an Association of members who can contribute in a small way to help out one of Wellington’s respected club cricket stalwarts. I hope the umpires actions today might be matched by other cricket stakeholders in Wellington”.
The plight of five-year-old Angus, the youngest son of outstanding Taita Cricket Club medium-pace bowler David Little, and wife Wendy, has stunned the Wellington cricketing community. Angus has a very rare inoperable brainstem tumour, however, the family has explored the possibility of Angus being a part of clinical trials and treatment in the United States.
Money raised in the appeal, which has also received the support of Cricket Wellington, would go toward paying for Angus’s treatment in the US.
The popular David Little, 38, was one of the leading wicket-takers for many years in Hutt Valley and Wellington senior club cricket. In the 1999-2000 season he captured the most wickets in the inter-city competition, 60, at the remarkable average of 6.36 runs apiece, and received the Ron Murray Cup for the senior bowler of the summer.
He made one first-class appearance for Wellington in February 1999 against Canterbury at the Basin Reserve.
Further information on the Angus Little fund-raising can be found here: