Over an unprecedented summer that saw millions of hectares of land burnt, thousands of homes destroyed and too many lives lost, cricket served to unite our communities and support those who had their lives turned upside down.
While all of ACT’s cricket clubs have contributed in some way, Queanbeyan District Cricket Club, Western District Cricket Club, and Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club went above and beyond in providing relief.
QDCC has had direct links with the south coast for several years, with members from Eden through to Batemans Bay. As one of Queanbeyan’s members hails from Cobargo, they turned their efforts towards raising money for the Cobargo District Emergency Hay Fund. As with many localities, a big issue in Cobargo has been local farmers lacking the means to feed their livestock. The Cobargo District Emergency Hay Fund is used to purchase hay and chaff pellets for farmers, many who have lost everything.
QDCC donated $10 for each four and $50 for each six that Queanbeyan batsmen scored in the T20 matches played on Sunday 19 January 2020. A total of 81 fours and 24 sixes were hit, resulting in the QDCC donating $2,010. The QDCC also encouraged sponsors and supporters to donate to the Club which resulted in a further $850. Therefore a total of $2,860 was raised and given to the Cobargo District Emergency Hay Fund.
Western District hosted a charity Trivia Night on Saturday 22 February to support the Batemans Bay Cricket Club. Over the last few years, Western District and Batemans Bay have had a close relationship, with Wests playing an annual pre-season trial game in the Bay. Wests have also benefited from several players coming to the club from Batemans Bay over that time.
The night was a great success, with nearly $6,000 raised. Batemans Bay president John Condon was on hand to speak on behalf of their club and was overwhelmed with the wonderful result and support.
Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club directed their efforts towards supporting the volunteer fire brigades who worked tirelessly to combat the seemingly endless blazes and continue to work in the recovery efforts.
TVCC took to Facebook to organise a donation drive and received an immense response as both cricket and non-cricket community members turned out to assist. They collected five truckloads worth of important goods, that were later packed into various care packages by SlabsForHeroes, who then delivered them to local ACT and NSW volunteer firefighting brigades.
The extensive list of the goods gathered included;
- 325 slabs of water
- 217 boxes of muesli bars
- 141 tins of food
- 187 packs of fruit cups
- 289 packs of chips
- 250 6-packs of juice
- 32 boxes and 822 individual packs of hydralyte
- 60 boxes of sports drinks
- 421 packs of wet wipes
- 216 packs of toilet paper
- 100 toothbrushes and toothpaste
- 167 lip balms
- Tea, coffee, long-life milk, medical supplies, and various toiletries
- Monetary donations from community members
TVCC’s contributions did not stop there, with numerous members of the club including Shane Devoy volunteering at SlabsforHeroes, helping to assemble the various care packages.
The club also committed $5,000 to be donated directly to local RFS brigades.
Cricket ACT’s major donation efforts centered around the Thunder v Renegades BBL match at Manuka Oval on Wednesday 15 January 2020. For each four hit, Cricket ACT donated $25 and for every six, $100. Helped by the explosive hitting of Alex Ross and Sam Harper, the boundary count was 22 fours and 11 sixes, which resulted in a donation amount of $1,650.
During this period, Cricket ACT reached out to their partners to ask if they would join us in raising funds for this crisis. Many responded, showing the generosity of the Canberra community. The below teams/organisations supported the endeavor, helping raise around $26,900 for the Red Cross Bushfire Relief and Recovery.
- Lord’s Taverners ACT
- Master Builders ACT
- McNamee & Partners
- ANU Cricket Club
- ACT Netball
- Capital Trophies
- Mark McConnell
- Ginninderra Cricket Club
- Homestyle Finance
- ACT/NSW Country Comets
- Abode Hotels ACT Meteors
- Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club
- Spectators at the 15 January BBL Match
- Parents and spectators at U15 National Championships
Additionally, as part of a Cricket Australia initiative, all employees of Cricket Australia, State & Territory Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association can spend 3 working days volunteering to rebuild affected communities throughout 2020. This equates to over 4,000 days of work across Australian Cricket.
We’d like to thank anyone who donated towards the recovery effort, no matter the size of the contribution. Each small bit helps, and many community members have opened their hearts and wallets and for that, we are extremely proud and grateful.