Fans attending the Brisbane Test, as well as those watching at home, will be encouraged to support Australian communities currently experiencing drought by donating to Rural Aid throughout the Test.
Funds raised during the Brisbane Test will be used by drought relief charity Rural Aid to distribute hay bales and water to drought-stricken communities in Western Queensland and New South Wales.
The Gabba will come to life with activations dedicated to raising funds for Rural Aid during the match.
Woolloongabba Place will be taken over in support of the Drought Relief cause, with food vendors offering a ‘Parma for a Farmer’, with $1 from each parma sold going to Rural Aid, as well as a big screen for the cricket, and a mechanical bull.
With support of Alinta Energy, all water from the Pool Deck at the Gabba will be repurposed at the end of the KFC Big Bash League season and transported to the Darling Downs region for dairy cattle.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Roberts said:
“Sport plays an integral part in the community, particularly when it is going through hardship.
“We’re very aware of the challenges for farmers and those living in rural Australia, so we want to do all we can to make a difference and have a positive impact on their lives through the Brisbane Test.”
Speaking on the announcement, Australian fast bowler Josh Hazelwood commented:
“I think it’s really important to raise as much awareness and funds as we can for drought relief.
“I’ve seen the effects it can have on a community through experiences form my hometown of Bendemeer and it can be very challenging, so I’m grateful that we’re in a position where we can help make a difference.”
Rural Aid is the leading drought relief charity focused on supporting the viability of rural communities across the country.
Over the past four months of 2018, Rural Aid has delivered more than 20,000 tonnes of hay to drought affected farmers.
In the event of the Brisbane Test extending to Day Five, fans will be able to gain entry to the ground with a gold coin donation to Rural Aid.
Through Cricket Australia’s official charity partners, disaster relief efforts and broader community work, the Cricket Cares program uses cricket as an agent of change in the community. In 2017, Cricket Cares raised over $1.7 million for CA’s official charity partners.