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Thunder partners rally behind bushfire relief

16 January 2020

Thunder Nation at Sydney Showground Stadium

Mazda and HomeWorld join forces to support Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund

Sydney Thunder’s Principal Partner Mazda and its Major Partner HomeWorld have joined forces to help raise much-needed funds for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Mazda NSW Dealer Network and HomeWorld have reiterated their support for Thunder’s focus on helping the community by each donating one dollar for every person who attends Saturday’s near capacity Sydney Smash at the Sydney Showground Stadium.

The Red Cross is renowned for its efforts to support people who’ve been affected by emergencies, such as the bushfires which have engulfed parts of NSW. The Red Cross helps provide relief via its work at evacuation centres, recovery programs and by assisting people who, through circumstances beyond their control, find themselves in vulnerable situations.

Tony Pepper, the State Manager of Mazda NSW, encouraged fans to play their part in raising funds for the Red Cross by simply turning up to Saturday’s derby.

“Mazda Dealers are an integral part of communities throughout NSW and as such, have seen first-hand the devastation and suffering caused by the unprecedented bushfire events,” he said.

“As Principal Partner of Sydney Thunder, Mazda Australia and our NSW Mazda Dealer network encourage all fans and cricket supporters to attend the game on Saturday, to help play a part in ensuring the maximum donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund is generated.”

Trudi Busch, HomeWorld Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, said whatever money was raised as a result of the attendance at Saturday’s KFC Big Bash League match would help communities in need of support.

“As Major Sponsors of Sydney Thunder the HomeWorld Group of Builders are honoured to join with Mazda and the Thunder Nation to help raise much needed funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund,” she said.

“With so many communities, small businesses and wildlife affected by the bushfires, we know that there will be a need for immediate and long-term support. 

“We therefore hope that coming together at the game on Saturday will help to generate a sizeable donation to this important recovery fund.”

Sydney Thunder would like to express its thanks and gratitude to the men and women of the NSW Rural Fire Service – and thousands of volunteers – for their sacrifices in keeping our communities safe during this bushfire crisis. Each and every one of them has been an inspiration.

The club also extends its thoughts to those people who have been impacted by the fires.  

Sydney Thunder’s Official Partner Homestar Finance has recognised the selflessness of the Rural Fire Service by donating $5,000 to the organisation for every Thunder home game. Homestar’s pledge to double that figure for each win means they’ve so far donated $20,000 towards a great cause.

Thunder is also auctioning playing shirts and exclusive experiences to support communities and families who have been impacted by the bushfires.

The 13 playing shirts worn by Thunder’s squad that played against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG have all been individually signed and are available to be purchased. 

The auction will run until 11pm on Wednesday 22 January and can be viewed at HERE.