Cricket Australia, the Nine Network and Cricket NSW will unite to stage the RYOBI One Day Cup Bushfire Appeal 2013 at the RYOBI Cup final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 27 October 2013.
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 firefighters 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.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said Australian cricket has a history of supporting communities in times of need and the New South Wales Bushfire Appeal is no different.
“Unfortunately, like most Australians, we are familiar with the tragic consequences bushfires can cause and our thoughts go out to those communities who have been impacted,” Mr Sutherland said.
“In times of adversity, we all need to come together and we are pleased to join forces with the Nine Network and Cricket NSW to stage the RYOBI One Day Cup Appeal to help raise funds for the families, clubs and business affected by the fires.
“We’ve seen how the Australian cricket community can pull together during times of great devastation through the Queensland Floods, Black Saturday and the more recent Tasmanian Bushfires. I have no doubt the support will be there for those now impacted in the Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and Central Coast regions.
“I strongly encourage all supporters to make any contribution they can to assist the bushfire victims and support the legion of firefighters, emergency services personnel and volunteers who continue to work tirelessly to contain the damage of these fires and help communities to recover."
The NSW Blues players will donate their match fees from the game to the appeal and both Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW have agreed to match this amount which will total over $60,000.
The RYOBI One Day Cup Appeal will also involve an online auction of cricket memorabilia signed 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.
Cricket NSW is also throwing their support behind the appeal through fundraising efforts and will host members of the Springwood Cricket Club who have been affected by the bushfires at the RYOBI Cup final. They have also secured new cricket kits for the Springwood Cricket Club generously donated by Kookaburra which they will present to the team prior to the match.
Fans are encouraged to attend the RYOBI Cup final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday from 10am, with the venue generously donating a portion of the proceeds of the day’s match. NSW Blues players including Steve Smith and David Warner will also join Salvation Army volunteers to collect donations during the match.
To view the auction or to donate visit www.cricket.com.au/bushfireappeal
The appeal is a feature of Cricket Cares, Cricket Australia’s community action program.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 26 October, 2013 10:00AM AEST