Allianz helps bat the blues in rural and regional Australia

20 February 2019

Allianz Australia has been proud to sponsor the 2018-19 Baggy Blues Cricket Tour of rural and regional NSW, with the final match of the tour taking place in Bega tomorrow afternoon.

The 20/20 Match (Bega vs Tathra), which will feature former and current stars of NSW cricket, is the centrepiece of an ongoing campaign to raise mental health awareness with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP).

This partnership between Allianz, RAMHP, the NSW Baggy Blues and the NSW Government Ministry of Health, aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, increase knowledge of the mental health resources available, and most importantly to increase community spirit for those living in these areas.

As part of the Baggy Blues Cricket Tour, a number of matches and mental health seminars have been held across rural and regional NSW over the past five months, including Dubbo, Griffith and Lismore. The tour aims to provide support for drought-affected regions and communities experiencing tough times.

The final day of the Baggy Blues tour will start tomorrow with a Mental Health Breakfast at Commercial Hotel Bega at 7.30am. A kids coaching clinic will then be held from 2.30pm at the George Griffin Oval in Bega ahead of the final 20/20 match from 4.30pm.

Reflecting on the Baggy Blues Tour, Brett Williams, Allianz Australia Head of Regional and Rural, said the initiative is a great demonstration of sport bringing rural communities together.

“Sponsoring the Baggy Blues Tour has given us an opportunity to support drought-affected communities and at the same time raise awareness of mental illness and the resources available to support people during this difficult time.”

“There is a strong correlation between physical activity and positive mental health outcomes so there is no better way to bring attention to this important topic than with a cricket match,” Mr Williams said.

“As part of the Baggy Blues Tour, Allianz Australia has sponsored the teams' uniforms and supported logistics on match day, and we are honoured to have been involved in this great initiative.”

“We look forward to ending the season in Bega at tomorrow afternoon’s match and would love to see the community rally around this great event.”

Event Details for Thursday 21st February:

  • 7:30am – Mental Health Breakfast
    Commercial Hotel Bega
    147 Carp Street, Bega NSW 2550
    Cost: free to attend
  • 2:30 – 4:00pm – Coaching Clinic for Kids
    George Griffin Oval
    Carp Street, Bega NSW 2250
    Cost: free for children of all ages
  • 4:30pm – 20/20 Match (Bega vs Tathra)
    George Griffin Oval
    Carp Street, Bega NSW 2250
    Cost: free to attend
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