WIMMERA UnitingCare has announced model and TV personality Nick Bracks as the special guest for the Hit Mental Health for Six twenty20 cricket match at Dudley Cornell Park on October 13.
Acting chief executive Leeanne Thomson said she was excited to announce Bracks would be involved in the match, along with helping out with a junior cricket clinic.
She said although he was not known for his cricket skills, Bracks was an ambassador for the National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace and a wonderful spokesman for the cause.
"Nick has had his own battles with depression and alcohol, so it is an issue that is important to him and he wants to help us raise awareness in the community," she said.
"We thought it would be a great opportunity to bring Nick to Horsham so he can participate in a fun community event where he can meet others who are passionate about mental health."
Bracks, 26, has appeared on TV shows Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Splash and has modelled for Myer and David Jones.
In 2011, he made the final of Cleo Bachelor of the Year and he has had his own underwear brand.
Bracks is the son of former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks.
He said he was taking part in the cricket match because it was a great way to support such a fantastic cause in raising awareness for mental health.
"Having suffered from depression myself, I have seen first-hand the debilitating effect it can have on people," he said.
"I'm looking forward to contributing in any way I can on the day."
The Wimmera will defend its title against a 'World' team after the concept was successfully introduced last year.
There will be plenty of other entertainment on the day, including children's giveaways, a longest hit competition and a barbecue.
Mental Health Week runs between Sunday and October 12.