Today’s Bushfire T20 Showdown at Adelaide Oval has shown South Australia’s true community spirit at its very best, with $1,015,239 raised for the SA Bushfire Appeal.
The teams fielded by the Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs, plus some of cricket’s biggest names, played out a hotly contested and highly entertaining game of cricket in front of a crowd of 34,219.
While the aim for both teams was to raise as much money as possible, there was still some fierce competition on the field which saw Port Adelaide win by 14 runs.
The action wasn’t limited to the playing arena as corporate and individual donations flooded in during the game.
With 100% of net proceeds from ticketing, catering and sponsorship for the match being donated, in excess of $1,015,239 will now go to the SA Bushfire Appeal for people directly affected by bushfires in Cudlee Creek and on Kangaroo Island, with the final figure to be determined in the coming days.
Quotes attributable to Adelaide Oval SMA Chair Kevin Scarce AC
“I think today has been an incredibly proud day to be a South Australian.
“From the moment the idea was first raised, there has been overwhelming support – from the football clubs and cricket, the State Government, our staff, corporate and individual sponsors, media and broadcasters and, most importantly, from the South Australian community.
“I would like to particularly acknowledge our Adelaide Oval staff, many of whom donated their time and their wages to make today’s game possible.
“In addition, there are a number of corporate and broadcast partners who were instrumental in helping ensure we were able to put on such a great show. It was a total team effort.
“However, I’d like to save my biggest thanks to the community for supporting the game in such numbers and so generously. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
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