A Brief History - Christopher Shale
In 2007, Christopher Shale first visited Rwanda to work on a social action project in Kigali. A team of 43 volunteers spent two weeks working alongside communities still recovering from the 1994 genocide. Those with specific skills were given tasks in the education, health, justice, community and private sectors alongside local partners such as SURF, a 'survivors fund' supporting survivors of the Rwandan genocide. The result is a tangible, lasting legacy in Rwanda.
Christopher played a central role in the project's success, volunteering each summer from 2007 until 2010. He was a former British Army Officer, businessman, Chairman of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association and cricket enthusiast. His untimely death in the summer of 2011 came shortly after he had begun working on the idea of building a much needed home for Rwandan cricket. Christopher witnessed the growth in enthusiasm for cricket in the country, and realised that facilities were sorely lacking.
The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation continues in Christopher's memory.
"Christopher loved Rwanda and he loved cricket. It was with pride that he watched Alby Shale (his son) play cricket against a Rwandan side, and he instantly saw how the game brought joy to the people of a country with such a troubled past. It was typical, both of his desire to help others and his ability to think big, that rather than bemoaning a lack of facilities, he came up with this ambitious plan to raise money to build a proper home for cricket in Rwanda. It now falls to us to realise his vision. RSCF Co-Founder, Edo Mapelli-Mozzi