Richie Benaud, Steve Waugh, Trevor Chappell & other cricket legends gather to bowl over kids with disabilities
Inevitably of all the guest cricketers at the Northcott’s 13th Annual Cricket Legends Lunch on Friday, 20 February 2009 the spotlight fell on Ritchie Benaud following publicity earlier in the week that this Australian icon was definitely retiring from commentating with Channel 9 in 2010. Ritchie’s reaction to a huge amount of media coverage was along the lines of what’s all the fuss about – as far as he was concerned he was only retiring from commentating but not retiring from working twenty two hours a day. Ritchie, who has supported this annual cricket event since it began 13 years ago, said he would just be ‘getting on with life’. In an age of too many inflated sporting egos it is always moving to see a true legend like Ritchie Benaud display eloquence, modesty and dignity in his public utterances.
When, during the luncheon, some of the ‘clients’ of the Northcott Disability Services had their opportunity to speak it really struck home that they all displayed a similar eloquence, modesty and dignity. In urging attendees to financially support respite facilities that are so desperately needed, Ben, Jacqui, Emma and Evan moved many in the audience to tears. As all four succinctly put the case for donations for this specific need and talked about how they approach life, it was apparent that they dealt with their individual disabilities with great dignity and calmness. No great fuss here, they were just ‘getting on with life’. It seems like a common mantra for real ‘legends’.
The terrific lunch at Dockside in Cockle Bay, Sydney, with Geoff Lawson doing a marvelous job as MC, raised in excess of $100,000 but, of course, more money is always needed so donations can be made at any time. To learn more about the exceptional work that Northcott Disability Services deliver just go to their website. Please consider supporting a service that helps young people with disabilities and affords their families (who have a 24/7 supporting role) a much needed lifeline and respite as they ‘get on with life’.Share