WIMMERA mental health professionals and cricketers will score runs and take wickets in the name of mental health on Sunday.
Wimmera Uniting Care will host the Hit Mental Health for Six twenty20 match at Dudley Cornell Park in Horsham from 11am.
The day will begin with a junior cricket clinic.
The match is played in conjunction with national Mental Health Week, which finishes at the weekend.
Wimmera Uniting Care’s mental health and financial services manager Mick Clark said the ground was in good condition ahead of Sunday’s match.
“We’re hoping for a great day and that the community will come and enjoy a fun day out to celebrate good mental health,” he said.
“We’re inviting children to come and brush up on the skills and maybe learn some new ones during the junior cricket clinic.”
“All the gear is provided, just turn up on the day and make your way onto the larger of the two grounds at the park.”
Clark said there would also be a ‘longest hit’ competiton from noon.
“This will be run in two sections, 12 and under competitors have the chance to win a signed Renegades bat while the 13 and over competitors will be in the running to win a night’s accomodation at Rydges Melbourne,” he said.
“We’ll have volunteers handing out free raffle tickets which will be drawn prior to the competition starting.
“We’ll pick out 10 juniors and 10 seniors who will have a chance to hit the ball as far as they can within a specified area.
“The person who hits the ball the farthest wins.”
Clark said people would have the chance to meet model, TV personality and headspace ambassador Nick Bracks on the day.
“Nick will help out with the junior cricket clinic and will play for the Wimmera team in the twenty20match,” he said.
“He’ll have some time to sign some autographs, have photos taken and talk to people about his mental health experience as well as his career highlights so far, includng appearences on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Splash.”
Clark said new Wimmera Uniting Care chief executive officer Barrie Elvish would also attend on the day and would toss the coin to see which team would bat first.
He encouraged people to visit the event’s Facebook page by searching ‘Hit Mental Health for 6’ for more information.
There will be a barbecue from 11.30am and the longest hit competition kicks off at noon.
There will also be children’s activities and giveaways throughout the day.