Vimpani gets behind Drought Relief Project

06 Apr 2016

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Graeme Vimpani visited Cohuna in northern Victoria to help with the roll-out of Cricket Victoria's Drought Relief Project as a part of the ACA's Past Player Program.

The locals were treated to a junior clinic, followed by a function where the locals had access to Australia's World Cup winning trophy.

"The World Cup was the real star of the show. To see the people's reactions as they got up close and posed for photos with something they otherwise wouldn't get to see was amazing," said Vimpani.

Vimpani got to see a lot of the drought-hit areas and meet with the locals who have been affected.

"Country people are very resilient and despite their battles it was incredible to see how they still go about their daily life and sporting life, so it was very humbling and inspirational to be around them.

"It's critical to reach out to these rural areas and spread the gospel of cricket," he said.

Northern District Cricket Association President Todd Gelletly was thrilled with the event.

"Farming is extremely tough in our area with prolonged dry weather and reduced water allocations making life on the land hard for parents and their kids.

"Cricket is one way in which people can get away from it all for an afternoon, come together and make new friends," he said.

The Cricket Victoria initiative offers tickets and vouchers at their events, raises funds for Beyond and provides drought response grants for minor facility upgrades.