Media Release - 12 December 2017
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Cricket Australia have again joined forces for this summer’s KFC Big Bash and Rebel Women’s Big Bash leagues.
Australian women’s cricket team captain, Meg Lanning and team member, Rachael Haynes, have come on board as Foundation Ambassadors for cricket’s shortest form competition.
This is the third year the Foundation has been Cricket Australia’s official charity partner, raising much-needed funds to keep children safe from violence and bullying. It’s also Lanning’s second year as the Foundation’s Ambassador.
Lanning said the Foundation’s work and programs has helped more than two million children over 20 years and it was a great honour to help promote its work.
‘It’s frightening to think of so many Australian children displaced or affected by neglect or family violence,” she said.
Haynes said she was amazed at how many children and families have been supported and protected over two decades of care. “The Foundation has supported more than two million children who have been affected by family violence – it’s too many. I’m so pleased and proud to be able to support this important charity for children.”
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said the strong relationship with Cricket Australia has seen it grow into a very important charity partnership.
“We are very thankful for Cricket Australia’s support. The women’s and men’s Big Bash League is family-friendly and promotes great family values. We believe that all children should live in a safe and supportive environment – and strong families are a key contributor to this,” Ms Podesta said.
Head of Big Bash Leagues Kim McConnie said that the partnership with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is one that is very special. “The Foundation has helped protect more than two million children through its care, prevention and advocacy programs over the past 20 years. Together, I hope we can continue to build a safer world for children” she said.
To celebrate the Alannah & Madeline Foundation being Cricket Australia’s charity partner for the BBL & WBBL, you could win a family trip to Nickelodeon Land at Sea World – all you have to do is describe in 25 words or less what makes your family a cricket family to be in with a chance to win a family trip to Nickelodeon Land at Sea World on the Gold Coast! Visit amf.org.au/mycricketfamily
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