Cricket fundraiser back for another year in Port Douglas


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(L-R) Participants from last year's event Roy Weavers (Mossman Print), former Tasmanian paceman Mark Ridgway, Stuart McMullin (Luke Batty Foundation CEO), Robyn Buick, Chris Northam and Winston Hall (Mantra Group), former Hobart Hurricanes coach Damien Wright and Sam Cullen (Newsport) with a cheque for $13,000. IMAGE: Supplied.

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THE annual Mantra Group cricket day fundraiser is back again on Saturday June 23.

From Magnetic Island to Port Douglas, 12 Mantra properties in North Queensland will again pitch together to raise funds for official charity partner Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ) by hosting an annual match at the Port Douglas Community Sports Complex on Saturday June 23.

The cricket day, which is in its sixth year, is a major fundraising initiative for the region and is expected to raise more than $15,000 for EVAWQ , which is the peak body in Queensland for sexual violence, women’s health and domestic and family violence.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu will officially open the day at 11am with a group photograph alongside all the cricketers.

Mantra Group’s Area Manager for Port Douglas, Chris Northam, said the day is a great community event and encourages locals, key suppliers, team members and families in the area to come along and enjoy a day of entertainment.

“More than 350 people turned up to our cricket day fundraiser last year so we are hoping more people come down to support again this year,” Mr Northam said.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and support the teams as they dust off their whites and hit the pitch for a game of cricket.

“There will be something for everyone there on the day including a visit from a helicopter courtesy of GBR Helicopters filled with treats for the kids.

“We have countless prizes up for grabs on the day, including an air conditioning unit, a BBQ as well as our major prize of return flights to the Gold Coast courtesy of Jetstar and a family pass to all the theme parks which includes accommodation at a Mantra Group property.”

Port Douglas Crocs president Chris Bradsworth and Muddies Cricket Club president Ben Vikionkorpi are again coming together to assist Mantra Group in their fundraising efforts.

“Ending violence in the community is an important foundation for us to support in our community, and it was only fitting that we allowed Mantra Group the use of the sports complex and catering facilities on the day,” Bradsworth said.

Vikionkorpi said a turf wicket would be crafted especially for the day ‘outside of cricket season’.

“Our staff and players will be in attendance on the day to support Mantra Group in their aim to reach $15,000,” Vikionkorpi said.

The Mantra Group donated $100,000 towards ending violence against women in communities last financial year through events such as the cricket day and various other employee fundraising initiatives.

For more information on corporate sponsorship packages or if you would like to donate contact Chris Northam on chris.northammantragrouphotelscom or 0448 195 980.


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