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Local Cricket Clubs and CFA team up
While the relationship between CFA and the Melbourne Renegades has been winding down as their season draws to a close, there are still plenty of opportunities for CFA brigades to get in on the cricketing action.
MILO in2CRICKET Clinics
Over the next four weeks CFA is set to attend a variety of cricket events across the state in conjunction with Cricket Victoria. The first of these was last Friday 8 February 2013 with CFA attending a MILO in2CRICKET Clinic at Warrandyte Reserve.
These clinics are run by Cricket Victoria, and involve kids from local clubs coming together for some fun cricket practice. CFA got in on the action by dropping by to speak with parents and kids about fire safety in their local community.
The evening was a great success with CFA members Bernie Ebzery, Darrly Blake, Bec Watters and Sasha Reed all reporting great community engagement.
We’ll also be at another six clinics through February in Monbulk, Wodonga, Wantirna, Waurn Ponds, Mt Eliza and Ashwood.
We’re excited to be planning ‘Community Games’ with Cricket Victoria. These games will involve people from CFA and other emergency services coming together for a fun game of cricket with other local club members. They also provide a great chance to speak to community members about the issues that affect them most in the fire season.
At present there are two Community matches scheduled in early March - one in Horsham and the other with the location still to be decided.
Jenny McGennisken, Community Education Coordinator for the Grampians Region, is helping prepare for the Horsham game and is a big supporter of such events.
“Not only do events like these allow CFA to engage directly with the communities face-to-face, they also give our people a break and a chance to have some fun. They also reinforce to people the importance of CFAs relationship with their fellow community members” said Jenny.
Does your brigade want to get involved?
If your brigade is keen to get involved in cricket this summer, get in touch with your local cricket club to see if they have anything planned that you can jump on board with. It’s a great opportunity to help make your community safer and have some fun.
You can also ask for a member of the Victorian Bushrangers to attend your local event/s if you have something planned. If you’d like to put in a request, please contact Anton Milne from CFA Communities and Communication.