The week-long festivities will begin March 3 with the Breast Friends – Antigua walk from the historical Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG), where Sir Viv made the fastest Test century to Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
The highlight of the week will be the Breast Cancer Awareness event ‘Pink It Day’ on March 7, where Antiguans and Barbudans and fans across the globe will be asked to wear pink and/or purchase one of the specially commissioned ‘Pink It’ T-shirts that will be available from February 27. All proceeds raised will go to Breast Friends – Antigua.
Sir Viv is very humbled to be associated with such an inspirational organisation on such a special occasion. He said, “All my career (life), I have strived to do good for my community and if we can raise monies and create greater awareness for a disease that affects most of us, in some way, then it will make my birthday even more memorable.”
On March 7, there will also be an Invitational Golf Tournament at Cedar Valley Golf Club that will feature three of the four other living cricketing knights – Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Ian Botham and Sir Richard Hadley.
The other knight, Sir Everton Weekes, will also be in Antigua for the week of activities that will also include a joint church service with Sir McLean Emmanuel, who is celebrating 50 years as a calypsonian. An official banquet hosted by the government of Antigua & Barbuda; as well as a lecture featuring cricket historian Sir Hilary Beckles, Reverend Wes Hall and local pundits, along with a classic sports day at ARG, featuring the two other sports in which Sir Viv represented his country, cricket and football.