Bushfires are again devastating parts of Australia this time in the Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and Central Coast regions and, as it has done in the past, the Australian cricket community is assisting relief efforts.
Cricket Australia is uniting with the Nine Network and Cricket NSW to support those affected as part of Cricket Cares with the RYOBI One Day Cup Bushfire Appeal.
The appeal will raise funds for The Salvation Army who is currently providing assistance to people affected by bushfires across New South Wales.
Salvation Army staff and volunteers are operating in fire affected areas throughout the Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and the Central Coast, providing meals to residents who have evacuated their homes, and to fire fighters and other emergency services personnel. The Salvation Army is also planning its long term response, which will involve a range of measures including the allocation of crisis assistance, trauma counsellors, financial counsellors, and legal and other support services.
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Fans can support the cause by donating directly to volunteers at North Sydney Oval during the RYOBI One Day Cup final on Sunday 27 October on the day or at any time to Salvation Army.
Supporters can also bid on some great cricket memorabilia which will be signed, donated and auctioned here.
The auction, which will go live from 7.00am on Saturday 26 October, includes signed shirts by members of the Australian ODI squad on the VB Tour of India, Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, NSW Blues, Commonwealth Bank Victorian Bushrangers, XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls, West End Redbacks, Tasmanian Tigers, Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers.
All proceeds of the auction will go towards supporting the Salvation Army bushfire recovery efforts.
The auction includes signed shirts by members of the Australian ODI squad on the VB Tour of India, NSW Blues, Commonwealth Bank Victorian Bushrangers, XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls, West End Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers.
The RYOBI One Day Cup Bushfire Appeal 2013 is a feature of Cricket Cares, Cricket Australia’s community action program.