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Local cricketers give back

PLAYERS from Cricket Tasmania’s women’s team are going the extra mile this Christmas season, giving back to their community through Lifeline Tasmania’s Volunteer Program.

Lifeline Tasmania chief executive officer Debbie Evans said Lifeline was fortunate to be approached often by corporate organisations offering their staff for one day a year.

“At Lifeline, we are completely reliant on our volunteers and without them, we would simply not exist,” she said.

“We really value corporate volunteering as part of our Volunteer Program, but we find it’s the longer-term corporate relationships that are most beneficial for all involved.”

Earlier this year, Lifeline Tasmania was approached by Cricket Tasmania’s women’s team, who demonstrated a desire to support Lifeline through volunteering.

Ms Evans said the relationship had been a mutually beneficial one and had developed organically, creating a meaningful and realistic volunteering experience.

“Our volunteer coordinator has been working with Cricket Tasmania’s player development manager to create a relationship that not only suits our needs here at Lifeline, but also works with the players’ availability and genuine want to be involved,” she said.

A three-phase program has been developed, which commenced with all the players painting Lifeline’s Argyle Street Shop in September, which was well overdue for a freshen up.

Phase two commences this month in December, with players taking turns participating in a range of activities supporting the Argyle Street Shop.

During this phase, players will be introduced to further volunteering opportunities throughout Lifeline Tasmania, including supporting socially isolated older Tasmanians, training to be a crisis supporter on 13 11 14 and more retail positions.

Cricketer Emma Manix-Geeves said she was really looking forward to again working together with her cricket team off the field.

“We have a lot of fun together at Lifeline Tasmania and a lot of us have never done volunteering before,” she said.

“We’ve been able to learn a lot about behind the scenes at Lifeline and it feels really good to give back to a cause we really care about and is close to our hearts.”

Ms Evans said she was really looking forward to joining the Lifeline Tasmania team over the summer cricket season and cheering on the women’s team.

“It can’t all be about us taking, we are having lots of fun with this relationship and it’s valuable for our team to also contribute to the community in other ways,” she said.

Lifeline Tasmania has a range of volunteering opportunities throughout the Eastern Shore.

To find out more about volunteering, email volunteers@lifelinetasmania.org.au.

Caption: Cricketers Emma Manix-Geeves, right, and Meg Phillips preparing for phase two of the Volunteering Program with Lifeline Tasmania at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive.