Today Cricket ACT announced their fundraiser for the bushfire relief which will centre around this Wednesday's Thunder vs Renegades match at Manuka Oval.

They will be utilising boundaries hit during the match as the stimulus to donate funds to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery. For every four hit, Cricket ACT will donate $25 and for every six, they will donate $100.

Several external organisations have already partnered with Cricket ACT in the fundraising effort, pledging their kind financial support to the cause. These partners include including McNamee & Partners, Lords Taverners ACT and Master Builders Association ACT who have been fundamental in generously supporting and launching this campaign.

Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp developed the fundraiser as part of Cricket Australia’s broader plan to support those affected.

Earlier in the week, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts confirmed two separate initiatives to give back to impacted communities.

The first is an opportunity for all employees of Cricket Australia, State & Territory Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association to spend 3 working days volunteering to rebuild affected communities throughout 2020. This equates to over 4,000 days of work across Australian Cricket.

The second initiative is a charity cricket match in which the Warne XI will take on the Ponting XI before the BBL final on Saturday, February 8. Both teams will see an outstanding list of high-profile former cricketers and athletes from other sports. Current Australian cricketers, celebrities, entertainers and other athletes will also play key roles on the day.

The charity match will be broadcast on Seven and Fox, with all profits from both the charity match and BBL final to be donated to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief and Recovery.

Additionally, Shane Warne’s beloved baggy green cap was auctioned off for in excess of one million dollars, bought by Commonwealth Bank.

Cricket ACT is encouraging their partners and friends to join their fundraising campaign on January 15. “Our hearts go out to all who are suffering as a result of the bushfires crisis and those who are working tirelessly to keep Australians safe. Cricket’s overarching purpose is to unite and inspire our communities through cricket and there really has never been a more critical time to do so. We know so many Australians are eager to give back and this initiative in collaboration with our cricket partners and friends is our small way of supporting the Red Cross Bushfire Crisis Relief and Recovery effort,” Cricket CEO, Allsopp said in a statement.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: A security guard stands amongst smoke haze during the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Adelaide Strikers at Manuka Oval on December 21, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

If you are interested in being a part of Cricket ACT’s fundraising initiative accompanying the January 15 Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades match, please contact Darla Hopkins per the details below.

Darla Hopkins
Cricket ACT
Media, Communications and Events Manager