AUSTRALIAN Test cricketer Rob Quiney will be among the headline players lining up in an organ donation awareness cricket match in Bendigo next month.
Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park will host the 30-over-a-side match on Sunday, February 24, between the Australian Transplant Club and DonateLife Everyday Heroes team.
The game will kick off DonateLife Week in Victoria and is being played to help raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.
Quiney, who earlier in the summer played two Tests for Australia against South Africa, will be part of the Everyday Heroes team and will open the batting.
Joining Quiney in the Everyday Heroes team will be Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s partner Tim Mathieson and his son Kane, young Victorian all-rounder Alex Keath and former Australian Test bowler and now Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide.
The Everyday Heroes team will also include Northern Victoria Region MLC Damian Drum, Bendigo boxer Justin Whitehead and 3BO radio personality Bryan Coghlan, with the side to be captained by Bendigo’s Steve Hollingsworth, who is a co-organiser of the game.
“This game is kicking off DonateLife Week in Victoria and is the marquee event of the week, so we’re very excited to have it here in Bendigo,” Hollingsworth said yesterday.
“All the players taking part in the game are giving their time for a worthy cause, which is fantastic.
“We’ve also got a number of local sponsors to help out, which has been fantastic, and we’re looking forward to a great day of cricket and to help raise the awareness of organ and tissue donation.”
The two teams will play for the Robyn Hookes Shield.
Robyn Hookes is the widow of former Australian cricketer and Victorian coach David Hookes, who had his organs donated after his death in 2004.
Since then Robyn has been a driving force for organ donation, and two years ago toured England with the Australian Transplant Cricket Club, of which Hollingsworth was a member.
The game will start at 10am, with free entry. As well as the cricket, the day will also include children’s entertainment.