Last year, Sydney Thunder captain Mike Hussey was the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s first charity Ambassador for the Big Bash League.
Hussey brought great positive publicity to the Foundation and its work to keep children safe from violence – and the good karma came full-circle for him by the end of the campaign when he lifted the Big Bash trophy at the MCG.
With Hussey’s retirement, another great Australian cricketing warrior and entertainer, Brad Haddin, has become the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s second Big Bash League ambassador. And, on Saturday in Perth, Haddin has the chance to enjoy the ride on the Foundation’s karma bus when he hopes to help take the Sydney Sixers to BBL success.
Haddin says the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s work is vital to ensure children are safe from violence and bullying.
“It’s a great honour to be able to help promote the Foundation’s work,” Haddin said. “It really is comforting to know they are making a child’s best interests the first priority.”
Walter Mikac, the Founding Patron of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, will be interviewed during Channel 10’s coverage of the Big Bash Final.
“I am really looking forward to the Final at the WACA, which will perhaps be one of the last really high-profile cricket matches to be played there,” said Mr Mikac.
“The Foundation has a great relationship with Western Australia, where we have distributed 10,000 of our Buddy Bags to children in emergency accommodation.”
The Buddy Bags program, which has given 70,000 backpacks of essential items to children at centres such as domestic violence refuges and foster care agencies, is one of many Foundation programs supporting children. Others include the eSmart initiatives in libraries and schools to help keep children smart, safe and responsible online, and Children Ahead; an intensive support program helping children recover from trauma and violence.
Last year, in Cricket Australia’s collaboration with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation for the Big Bash League and Women’s Big Bash (where Australian captain Meg Lanning is the Foundation’s WBBL Ambassador), the cricket community donated more than $20,000.
With tens of thousands of children requiring emergency accommodation in Australia each year, the Foundation is hoping to receive even more funding for buddy bags from cricket fans on Saturday.
Those in WA, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory who text ‘Cricket’ to 0447 222 333 and donate $10 or more to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation will be entered in a draw to win a family holiday to Nickelodeon Land at Sea World on the Gold Coast.
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