31 January 2014
Northcott Cricket Legends Lunch 2014 Sydney Cricket Ground photos images story; MiSociety
Cricket Legends go out to bat raising over $1 million for Northcott as they support people with disabilities.
Hallowed was the turf at the Sydney Cricket Ground this day. The SCG was not only the backdrop again for the legends of cricket to reconvene, but on this occasion a first class selection as a venue to help raise funds for those who need assistance to participate in recreational and sporting activities.
Northcott’s Cricket Legends Lunch in 2014 raised almost $180,000 towards aiding those with disabilities to achieve participation levels that the rest of us so often take for granted. Northcott’s Chief Executive Officer Kerry Stubbs said the event has now raised more than $1 million over the 18 years it has been running.
Kerry Stubbs enthused to guests that “This year’s event would not have been possible without the support of our charity partner Cricket NSW, major sponsor the Australian Corporate Supplies Group and the SCG. The money will allow us to continue to run athletics and swimming carnivals in Sydney for children with disabilities. We will also now be able to plan carnival events for outside the Sydney area, in line with Northcott’s goal of providing more opportunities to people with disabilities.”
Northcott’s Cricket Legends Lunch 2014 outperformed previous years’ lunches with the money raised by over 430 guests who gathered to hear cricket legends Mike Whitney, Barry Knight and Peter Philpott, together with current star Trent Copeland, for a lively panel discussion on all things cricket.
Legendary cricket commentator Mike Coward hit a big ‘six’ as MC on the day and NSW Sport and Recreation Minister Gabrielle Upton enthusiastically underlined the importance of the work of Northcott in helping people with disabilities.
During the afternoon much fun was had as ‘cricket lunchers’ competed with each other to secure the greatest number of autographs of their Australian cricket heroes present on the provided mini cricket bats.
All money raised from the event will be used to fund Northcott’s Recreation Service, which gives hundreds of people with disabilities the chance to enjoy sporting and social activities in NSW and the ACT.
MiSociety has been an avid supporter of Northcott’s Cricket Legends Lunch for many years and urge cricket tragics (or those seeking a really worthwhile gift for one) to get in early for the 2015 CLL as it is sure to be a sell out.
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