The Heat, along with the club’s players and sponsors including CUA, Betta Home Living, Epic Pharmacy, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Toyota Australia and National Storage have all committed to bushfire relief across a variety of initiatives and charities.
Momentum for BBL bushfire relief started with Heat skipper Chris Lynn committing $250 for every six he hits during this summer’s BBL season, with money raised going to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. Lynn’s generosity was quickly matched by the Heat, CUA, Betta Home Living, and Epic Pharmacy.
Hey Guys, for every six I hit in this years Big Bash League I will donate $250 towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. It is special to see so many athletes from various sports getting in behind the real heroes who are fighting to save lives and properties around our country. Any players, businesses or sponsors are more than welcome to be involved – let’s do our best to help our community 🙏 With the following businesses below all kindly digging into their pockets we are closing in on nearly $2000 per Six Brisbane Heat Epic Pharmacy CUA Betta Home Living Rural Labour Services EML Payments Johnathan Thurston Academy Brunel Australasia F45 Brisbane CBD Bare all Cleaning service . Total Sixes = 15 $29,250
With the master blaster having smashed 17 sixes throughout the competition to date, the collective tally of Lynn’s efforts has reached $25,500, with eight more Heat games still to come this season.
Earlier this week the Heat announced an online auction of signed player jerseys to also go to the Red Cross, including 13 of which were worn by the squad during Monday’s triumph over the Sydney Thunder. The leading bids are sitting with a full squad signed BBL|09 jersey at $5,000, with Lynn’s jersey leading the charge for the players at $3,000.
The auction will run until 11am on Monday January 13 and can be viewed at brisheat.com/bushfireauction.
Heat sponsors have been quick to join the push to support communities impacted by bushfires.
Initiatives have included CUA donating $150,000 to state fire services and authorities. This includes a $50,000 donation to each to the NSW and QLD Rural Fire Services, and a further $50,000 to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria. The donations follow a $25,000 contribution from CUA to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund in early December to help volunteers continue to support communities impacted by the bushfire crisis.
We’ve pledged $150,000 to assist in fighting the ongoing bushfire crisis, as well as providing paid leave for our team members and their partners undertaking volunteer firefighting duties. @NSWRFS @QldFES @CFA_Members #AustralianFires #NSWFires #QLDFires #VICFires— CUA (@CUA_Connect) January 3, 2020
Other donations include Toyota Australia who contributed $3,000 for every 4 and $6,000 for every 6 hit by both the Heat and the Thunder during Monday’s game. Thanks largely to Tom Banton’s unbelievable 56 from 19 balls, Toyota raised $123,000 for the Salvation Army’s bushfire drive.
With countless amounts of Australian wildlife impacted by the bushfires, Village Roadshow Theme Parks via Sea World are donating $20,000 per 6 for the first five maximum hit during the Heat’s home clash against the Hobart Hurricanes on Thursday to the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.
The Sea World team are saddened by the tragedy impacting Australia as a result of the ongoing bushfire crisis and through our partnership with @heatbbl we will donate $10,000 per every six hit at their game against the Hobart Hurricanes, up to a total of $100,000. The donations will go to @parks_foundation to help assist the animals and their habitat affected by the bushfires. #PrayForAustralia 💔
Queensland Cricket’s Official Charity Partner Foodbank QLD are helping to provide families affected by the bushfires with food and essential items. Cash donations to help their cause can be made here.
The Brisbane Heat thanks our many fans and partners for their support and generosity.