Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers and Cricket NSW are proud to announce their partnership with Gotcha4Life, an organisation that’s encouraging Aussies to help combat mental health issues by simply being there for their mates.
Gotcha4Life exists to create meaningful mateship and build mental fitness in the community through social connection, emotional muscle and resilience.
The preventative nature of Gotcha4Life’s work will be delivered across all levels of cricket in NSW, with a focus on raising awareness and delivering positive mental health workshops in the cricket community.
Founder and renowned cricket fan, Gus Worland, said he was determined to help make a meaningful difference to the sport that he loves.
“I want a society in which everyone has a Gotcha4Life mate... that go-to person who you can open up to and rely on for just about anything,” said Worland.
“We want a world where people feel comfortable enough to seek help when life gets challenging; where we can build open and honest relationships and feel comfortable expressing ourselves, no matter what.
“Cricket NSW provides a wonderful opportunity to build this mental fitness, enabling a space to share true emotion, to show vulnerability and reach out to start great conversations and support teammates, staff, and the cricket community.”
“To have a relationship with a sport that I love so much, alongside my new passion - my foundation - is a dream come true!
“Gotcha4Life is very excited to be in partnership with Cricket NSW to work towards zero suicide together.”
“There is tremendous power in being vulnerable." 💚@chrisgreen_93 and @Mozzie21 joined @Gotcha_4_Life Founder @GusWorland to chat about the importance of mental fitness.— Sydney Thunder (@ThunderBBL) June 20, 2020
Watch full conversation 👉 https://t.co/rWzZotrEEi #ThunderNation pic.twitter.com/90Dkao6lKM
Cricket NSW chief executive Lee Germon said joining forces with Gotcha4Life was a natural fit because the foundation’s purpose - to give back and support the community - aligned with his organisation’s core values.
“Cricket NSW exists to inspire people to love and play our great game,” said Germon.
“We all know cricket inspires the togetherness of community because it has a long and proud tradition of bringing people from all walks of life together.
“We are very excited to partner with Gotcha4Life because it allows us to promote the importance of mental fitness throughout our cricket community.
“Mental fitness is important; it’s important to value it. We need to talk more openly about the issues people are battling in what could be described as a tortured silence because they don’t feel confident enough to ask even their closest mates for help.”
“Through our association with Gotcha4Life, the cricket community - and myself, for that matter - can learn how to eliminate that barrier by being Gotcha4Life mates.”
For more information, please contact Cricket NSW.