A few weeks back I attended my first cricket match in support of the Luke Batty Foundation. I think everyone who heard the devastating story on the news, radio or social media experienced their hearts breaking. In all the devastation comes some light; a mother who is raising awareness and sharing her story no matter how hard it is and was even named Australian of the year.
I stood near Rosie but to be perfectly honest, I just didn’t know what to say under the circumstances. If I could go back in time, I would tell her that with knowing very little about her I take my hat of to her for continuing on, raising awareness and showing so much strength.
I have witnessed domestic violence, both ends of the stick. I have seen things I won’t forget. Anger triggers a lot of us but there has to be a way of overcoming it. I think with the right support you can get better with time. Every household is different and you don’t know what is going on behind closed doors. I know a few people that I wished could have sought some assistance and support in removing themselves from these toxic environments.
The objective of the Luke Batty Foundation is to help women and children affected by trauma. Please take a minute to visit the website.
As I said before I have never been a fan of cricket but was looking forward to attending the Celebrate 20/20 match held at North Port Oval in Port Melbourne, with my mother. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day for it. From Samuel Johnson, Jo Hall, Ash Pollard, Carrie Bickmore to Adam Goodes. It was wonderful to see each celebrity take the time to support a great cause and also spend a lot of time talking to fans who were after a selfie or autograph.
Mum and I enjoyed a meat pie, participated in the raffle and enjoyed the entertainment on the field along with the activities that were going on across the day. We were hoping we would win the BMW in the raffle, what a great prize.
Am I fan of the cricket now? No … I won’t lie, I had no idea what was going on cricket wise but could not have thought of a better way to support a wonderful cause than through one of Luke’s favourite sports. I look forward to seeing the foundation grow and helping out again when I can.