The Brisbane Heat will auction 15 signed Indigenous jerseys, plus one full team jersey, with all funds to go to the Queensland Cricket Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to fundraise and invest into initiatives that make positive differences in the state’s communities, with auction funds to be used particularly for the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing pillar.
To coincide with First Nations Round, the Heat’s WBBL team debuted the Indigenous strip in their four-game trip to Mackay, which ended with a 43-run win over the ladder-leading Melbourne Renegades.
Heat batter Mikayla Hinkley, a proud Kunja woman whose family hails from Cunnamulla, south of Charleville, collaborated with Brisbane Indigenous artist and close friend, Delores McDonald (“Aunty Delly”), to design the striking jersey.
It captures the stories and connection to country around Brisbane and the Gabba. Among the elements of significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural history captured are a rainbow serpent signifying the Brisbane River and local water holes (Woollangabba meaning “place of whirling water”).
Hinkley said the inspiring way that “Aunty Delly” had managed to visualise the stories of Brisbane would give Indigenous youth something to aspire to, “encouraging them to keep connecting with culture through playing cricket”.
The auction will be open until December 10, with a minimum set at $200 each jersey.
The stories behind the Heat’s Indigenous jersey:
Front: flames of Heat logo, Gabba circle with players sitting, circle represents harmony and unity, bringing players and fans together.
Back: Brisbane River with its abundance of foods, plus animal and human tracks. Rainbow serpent/snake represents both male and female. Circle represents Gabba, plus roads travelled to and from it by teams.
Sleeve: Centre circle is Gabba, alongside other water holes which used to be near the ground. 87 black strokes on red earth represent the wickets taken by Aboriginal great, Eddie Gilbert (23 games for Qld).