The Twenty20 under lights match, which will feature some legends of NSW cricket and current stars, is the centrepiece of a campaign to raise mental health awareness as part of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP).
The strong partnership between Allianz and the NSW Baggy Blues supports the RAMPH and major program funder the NSW Government to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, increase awareness of available mental health resources, and boost community spirit during this tough time for people living in regional and remote areas.
As part of the Baggy Blues Cricket tour, a number of cricket and mental health seminars will be held across rural and remote NSW, including a free breakfast and seminar, ‘Smashing the Stigma for Six,’ at the Dubbo RSL Club earlier this morning.
Allianz Australia Head of Regional and Rural, Brett Williams, said the initiative is a great demonstration of sport bringing rural communities together.
“Sponsoring the Baggy Blues Tour is a great way for us 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.
“Allianz Australia is sponsoring the teams' uniforms and supporting logistics on match day, and we are honoured to be involved in this great initiative.”
The day of each match on the tour kicks off with a mental health themed breakfast event, followed by a coaching clinic for young players, and a Twenty20 game later in the day.
The tour has already visited Lismore and will also roll in to Griffith and Bega in the coming weeks.
The Baggy Blues is non-profit organisation of former NSW Men and Women cricketers who have a passion to develop and grow the game of cricket throughout NSW.
Event details: T20 Cricket Match – Dubbo XI vs Macquarie Valley XI with local and state players. Kids coaching clinic before the event from 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Where: Victoria Park No. 1 Oval, 116 Darling Street, Dubbo 2830
When: Thursday 22 November 2018, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm