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Cricket stars credit volunteers

UPDATED 03 October, 2013 4:06PM AEST | by Cricket Australia 2

From today, a selection of cricket volunteers will receive phone calls from some of the biggest names in cricket including James Pattinson and Meg Lanning as part of Cricket Australia’s Volunteer Recognition Day.

For a third year running, Volunteer Recognition Day will see thousands of volunteers acknowledged for their contribution to cricket clubs, associations and MILO in2CRICKET centres across Australia and for their commitment to growing grassroots cricket in their local community.

With help from the Australian men’s and women’s cricket teams, Cricket Australia (CA) expects to reach 3,000 volunteers to recognise their efforts.

Each year, over 42,000 volunteers dedicate close to seven million hours of their time to assist in servicing the almost 4,000 cricket clubs across our great sporting nation.

This outstanding contribution, together with the 1,400 MILO in2CRICKET volunteers, equates to around $135 million worth of voluntary service.

CA Executive General Manager Game and Market Development Andrew Ingleton said volunteers are the lifeblood of community cricket and it’s important to give them the recognition they deserve. 

“The dedication that each and every volunteer has to growing cricket from the ground up is truly inspiring and we want them to know that this does not go unnoticed,” Mr Ingleton said.

“From the coach, to the umpire, to the canteen manager, we’d like to say thank you and acknowledge volunteers as an integral part of Australian Cricket.”

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 03 October, 2013 3:34PM AEST

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