Cricket Australia has confirmed the 2020-21 Cricket Cares program, naming its official charity partners across matches for the season ahead which includes Day 5 gold coin donations during the Vodafone Test series.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, McGrath Foundation, Movember and Taverners Australia will align to fixtures across the rebel WBBL Finals and the men’s international calendar.
The fixtures will provide each charity partner with an opportunity to raise awareness for their respective areas, along with the opportunity to fundraise.
The 2019-20 season resulted in $3.15 million raised for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through The Big Appeal, along with more than $780,000 being raised for various bushfire relief organisations. The Cricket Cares program also raised $1.69 million for its charity partners last season.
Day 5 gold coin donations will continue this year after being permanently introduced in 2018-19, the last time India toured Australia, with all proceeds of entry to the ground going to the nominated charity partner. With all days of cricket required to be ticketed this season, the process will run electronically whereby fans make the donation online before receiving their ticket.
On the partnerships, Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO said:
“We’re proud to continue our long-standing partnerships with the McGrath Foundation, Movember, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Taverners Australia,” Hockley said.
“As a sporting organisation, we believe we have a responsibility to raise awareness about these important causes, and in doing so raise much needed funds to help make a difference in the community.
“Having a presence at matches allows our charity partners to connect with fans and educate them about the life-changing work they do. We are grateful to the cricket community for supporting their fundraising efforts.”
Official charity partners for 2020-21 summer
rebel WBBL Finals: 25-28 November 2020, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
First Dettol ODI: 27 November 2020, Movember
Second Dettol ODI, 29 November 2020, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Vodafone Adelaide Day-Night Test: 17-21 November 2020, Taverners Australia
Vodafone Boxing Day Test: 26-30 December 2020, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Vodafone Pink Test: 7-11 January 2021, McGrath Foundation
Vodafone Gabba Test: 15-19 January 2021, Movember
Ways fans can donate
• Attend day five of any Vodafone Test match for a gold coin donation (via online donation, subject to Test reaching a fifth day).
• Donate online.
• Participate in individual charity initiatives around each Test.
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 2019-20, Cricket Cares raised over $1.69 million for CA’s official charity partners.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects around the world.
In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives. The charity’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
McGrath Foundation raises funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, so people can access them for free. When the people we care about are in need, McGrath Breast Care Nurses are there for support. The Vodafone Pink Test has become the iconic centrepiece of the partnership between Cricket Australia and McGrath Foundation. 2019 marked the eleventh year of the Pink Test, with the Foundation raising over $1.3 million.
Alannah & Madeline Foundation
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a leading national not-for-profit organisation working to help protect children and young people from the effects of violence and bullying. It supports our most vulnerable Australians who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, works to reduce bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks and advocates for children and young people’s safety and wellbeing. The Foundation raises funds to help safeguard our children’s future with programs that are designed to prevent harm and, where harm can’t be prevented, to heal. Cricket Australia is proud to continue playing its part in helping to safeguard our children’s future.
Taverners Australia is a cricket-focussed charity that gives a sporting chance to young athletes with a disability to improve their lives through participating in cricket. Through money raised Taverners Australia support initiatives like the National Cricket Inclusion Championships that see cricketers who are blind or have low vision, deaf or hard of hearing and cricketers with an intellectual disability have the opportunity to represent their state and country. The Taverners work has delivered over $10m of direct benefit to athletes across Australia.