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Fifteen members of the club have lost everything in the bushfires, including all their cricket kit and as a result had to forfeit all of their matches on the weekend, with little certainty of what the immediate future might hold.

As a response Cricket NSW is looking to raise money to help get the club, and others who’ve suffered loss in the fires, back on their feet.

Members of the Springwood team were to be presented with their cricket kits during the final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.

Pat Cummins, whose family is from the Blue Mountains and were close to the bushfires, and Nathan Lyon made the presentation on Sunday.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones stressed the importance of cricket being able to assist in situations such as these.

‘Cricket is a game that brings people together. When we heard about the losses suffered in the fires – including by the Springwood Cricket Club – we thought it was the right thing to do to help out in any way we could.

‘We urged people to give generously on Sunday and assist in helping out those affected by the fires, and we commend in particular our players for donating to this appeal.’

nsw-blues-cricket-_0921The NSW Blues players will donate their match fees from the game to the appeal. Both Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia have agreed to match this amount which will total over $60,000.

In addition:

–        Kookaburra donated brand new cricket kits to members of the Springwood club affected by the fires

–        A NSW Blues shirt from Sunday’s Ryobi Cup Final will be signed by all players and offered as part of an online auction

–        Attendees at Sunday’s match were asked to make a gold coin donation to the appeal, with NSW Blues players walking around the ground on Sunday assisting with collection

–        A raffle was run on Sunday with a Nathan Lyon Ashes shirt signed by the full Australian team as the main prize

–        North Sydney Oval donated a percentage of the gate takings to the Appeal.

 

 


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