Volunteers recognised for growing sport

Three outstanding volunteers of Australian cricket have been nominated to be guests at the Cricket NSW Volunteer Function on January 15 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which will be host to the Big Bash League game between the Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes.

The North Coast Volunteer of the Year winners are Club Volunteer – Daniel Raccani (Mullumbimby), MILO in2CRICKET Coordinator – Brendan Palmer (Grafton) and School Ambassador – Richard Ryan (Ballina), who have been invited to a function where Cricket NSW will be able to personally thank them for their wonderful contribution to Australian cricket.

One winner from each category across NSW will be announced on the night and they will be invited to the Cricket Australia Hospitality Function at the One Day International match in Sydney on Sunday January 19.


MoVember cricket at the Mullumbimby-Brunswick club – Photo Tree Faerie.

Club Volunteer – Daniel Raccani

Along with his Mullumbimby-Brunswick Cricket Club, Dan had the vision to launch a community-based initiative fundraising for men’s health in conjunction with the National Movember campaign.

They effectively attracted teams and sponsors for a T20 tournament to be played on each Friday night in November under the newly installed lights at Lofts Oval, Brunswick Heads. Their main goals were to have loads of fun, attract new members, raise money for prostate cancer and also some much-needed financial aid for their own club.

MILO in2CRICKET Coordinator – Brendan Palmer

Brendan has done a fantastic job in firstly setting up a best-practice ‘association-based’ MILO in2CRICKET centre on behalf of Clarence River Junior Cricket Association in Grafton and into their second season participation has increased twofold. Brendan also conducts up-skilling sessions for other coordinators in the north coast area.

School Ambassador – Richard Ryan

As the registered School Ambassador for St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School in Ballina, Richard and his fellow teachers did a fantastic job of offering cricket to all of their students in term three prior to junior cricket commencing. With 10 boys’ and seven girls’ teams entering the Year 3–4 MILO T20 Blast Gala Day plus 10 boys’ and nine girls’ teams entering the Year 5–6 MILO T20 Blast Gala Day, this was a sensational effort and helped ensure cricket is a sport for all Australians.

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