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Kids from the bush headline Domain Brisbane Test Drought Relief efforts


January 23, 2019

Video & imagery: Vision from yesterday’s Woolworths Cricket Blast session can be downloaded here, and images can be downloaded here. Image credit: Cricket Australia / Getty Images.

Drought relief efforts at the Domain Brisbane Test against Sri Lanka began yesterday with kids from the Darling Downs region meeting their cricketing heroes.
 
Young cricketers from drought affected areas including Dalby, Roma, Chinchilla and Saint George took to the Gabba yesterday, learning some cricketing skills from Queensland trio Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne and Matt Renshaw.
 
The Darling Downs region will be the beneficiary of water from the Pool Deck at the Gabba thanks to Alinta Energy, with the water set to be re-purposed and transported after the last KFC Big Bash League game in Brisbane.
 
The re-purposing of water from the Pool Deck at the Gabba is one of many initiatives being undertaken by Cricket Australia and its partners, as the cricketing community rallies together to raise funds for those experiencing drought, headlined by Specsavers Bales for Boundaries donations.

Partner Initiatives:

- Specsavers is championing Bales for Boundaries on Day Two of the Domain Brisbane Test, donating $1,000 for every boundary hit across the day to Rural Aid

- Toyota Australia is supporting regional and rural Australians by helping Rural Aid with a fleet of vehicles to support their mental health councilors. They have also provided a one-of-a-kind LandCruiser 200 Sahara to be raffled off as part of the Raffle for Resilience. Tickets can be purchased online from raffletix.com.au/ruralaid

- Thanks to Alinta Energy the water from the Pool Deck will be transported to the Darling Downs region after the Test and final Big Bash fixtures at the Gabba. Fans can also donate a gold coin for an Alinta BBQ item on the Pool Deck throughout the Test

- Qantas
donated $1 million to Rural Aid and are on the way to a total donation figure of $3 million which will be raised with its customers to help provide relief to Australia’s drought affected farming communities

- This year, Lion Beer Australia announced that $1 from each carton of Iron Jack sold in Australia, and 50 cents from each schooner of Iron Jack sold at selected regional venues would be donated to Rural Aid – resulting in more than $1 million raised

- Commonwealth Bank fundraising for drought-affected farmers has exceeded $7.86 million, including a $1.75 million donation by the group to the Australian Red Cross

- Woolworths donated $1.5 million to allow Rural Aid to increase the number of counsellors they have supporting farmers and their families impacted by mental health issues as a result of the drought

- BKT Tyres
donated $20,000 to Drought Relief in 2018 and will be supporting Drought Relief efforts at the Test

Cricket Australia is encouraging the Australian cricket community to rally around the cause to help raise money for Rural Aid to buy and transport hay and water to drought-stricken communities in Western Queensland and New South Wales.
 
Woolloongabba Place will be taken over in support of the Drought Relief cause, with food vendors offering a ‘Parma for a Farmer’, with $1 from each parma sold going to Rural Aid, as well as a big screen for the cricket, and a mechanical bull. There will be donation points all around the ground.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Fan Engagement, Anthony Everard, said:
 
“There are many challenges for farmers and those living in rural Australia, so we want to do all we can to make a difference and have a positive impact on their lives through the Brisbane Test.”

Rural Aid is the official charity partner for the match, responsible for the transportation of hay and water from funds raised at the match.

In the event of the Brisbane Test extending to Day Five, fans will be able to gain entry to the ground with a gold coin donation to Rural Aid.

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Josh Marton
Cricket Australia 
M:+ 61 410 651 251

Cricket Cares
Through Cricket Australia’s official charity partners, disaster relief efforts and broader community work, the Cricket Cares program uses cricket as an agent of change in the community. In 2017, Cricket Cares raised over $1.7 million for CA’s official charity partners. 

Woolworths Cricket Blast
Woolworths Cricket Blast is Cricket Australia’s official kids program where kids get their first introduction to the sport of cricket. Before every Test, Cricket Australia rewards keen Blasters from the State of the upcoming Test to meet their heroes.
 
Rural Aid
Rural Aid is the leading drought relief charity focused on supporting the viability of rural communities across the country. Throughout the past four months of 2018, Rural Aid has delivered more than 20,000 tonnes of hay to drought affected farmers.