During April 2015 the NSW Police Force, NSW Ambulance, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service in collaboration with the Bradman Foundation and Wingecarribee Shire Council, came together in the spirit of sportsmanship and harmony to play cricket and to raise funds to support a local focused charity. It’s on again 4 April 2017.
The teams are supporting the Southern Highlands Suicide Prevention Program (SHSPP) in 2017. The SHSPP has been operating for over 10 years with no official funding, relying solely on small grants, donations from individuals and volunteers to provide assistance to those in need. In 2017 they will bring ‘Mind Blank’ a program of awareness and innovative education in mental health topics for youth to as many local schools as possible and we’re working hard to make that a reality.
Sir Donald Bradman’s vision was “to engage, inspire and educate” our youth in the community and in 2017 as in the three previous years, the event is held during Youth Week and the NSW School Vacation. Our triple zero teams in conjunction with the continuous cricket match provide fantastic interactive displays and activities for the whole community designed to raise the awareness of the important role they play within our community and the opportunities that exist to become involved. The Museum is open from 10 to 5 pm.
Former Australian Cricketers Len Pascoe and David Gilbert will be attending along with a selection of fire trucks, paramedics, police and rescue vehicles for the public display and photo opportunities.
NSW Police were the inaugural tournament winners of the first challenge but an unexpected thunderstorm brought play to an end in 2016 and the trophy went unclaimed. The pressure is on to see which team will prevail this year.