2019 saw Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades proudly announce a special joint partnership with Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision as official charity partner for the Melbourne based Big Bash clubs.
The charity’s primary focus is to fund the urgent needs in medical research that will discover improved treatments and a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS).
BBL and WBBL players came together from both teams to announce the new partnership, which will extend cricket’s strong partnership with the charity having already been involved with Premier Women’s cricket through Maddie’s Shield and also local community clubs over the last four years.
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision and the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades are excited to take this partnership to the next level again in 2020 and strengthen the presence of the charity with BBL fans both locally and nationally through a number of new initiatives:
Money raised at the BBL Derbies will fund further access to leading research for all patients diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes, uncovering more effective treatments on the way to finding a cure.
Nick and Jack Riewoldt will be involved, acting as ‘hydration officers’ for both clubs
BBL Fans can also contribute by making a donation at mrv.org.au
Chairman of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision Nick Riewoldt said:
“Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is a charity who is increasingly partnering with a variety of elite sports teams, and in particular where there is a strong pathway for women’s participation.
“My sister Maddie fought a long battle with her illness but when she was well, she was also a sportswoman who was passionate about all sports. It is really fitting that we are strengthening our presence with the BBL and we are grateful for this new platform of raising awareness and funds for Bone Marrow Failure.
“Working with the Stars and Renegades, who are so innovative and inclusive, is a gift to our mission of finding a cure. Bone Marrow Failure is an unfair disease that claims the life of half the young Australian’s diagnosed.”
To date, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision has raised a committed $8 million that is supporting a Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology. It’s the first of its kind in the world and has only been achieved with the support of the general public.