Australia is crazy for the game of Cricket. In fact right now we are in the midst of “The Ashes“, a series of 5 games or Tests as they are called, against England. The Ashes have been played since 1882 and just recently Australia won their 32nd Ashes by winning the first 3 of 5 Tests, England has won 31 and they have drawn 5 times. Growing up in Canada it was a game that I wasn’t really familiar with, but having lived in Australia now for just over 19 years it is a game I have certainly learned to enjoy. Mind you I still can’t understand how you can play a game for 5 days and have no winner!!! But that is the way of the game sometimes. So what does this have to do with MS?
One of Australia’s retired and most loved Cricketers Dean Jones has become a professional golfer and his major charity that he supports is MS Australia. This year he wanted to do an “MS Ashes Trek”, from Melbourne to Sydney (MS) holding Cricket and Golf Clinics as well as fundraising lunches and dinners to raise money and awareness for MS Australia. It was going to be a gruelling schedule for a number of weeks and it was going to happen as The Ashes were starting in Brisbane. It was great timing, especially to get some publicity and the staff from MS had a huge project on their hands. Massive kudos must go to Greg Hutchings who put the entire trek together and I am sure he lost many nights of sleep. But what an amazing couple of weeks!
With Dean’s Cricket friends, people were able to meet and share laughs with past Australian captains like Allan Border and Ricky Ponting, one of the greatest bowlers in Cricket Glenn McGrath, past England captain Sir Ian Botham and retired players Rodney Hogg, Damien Fleming, Bob Simpson and many more. It was fabulous to meet people like Molly Meldrum and our past Prime Minister John Howard, who also came to the dinners to show their support for people living with MS.