The charity’s primary focus is to fund the urgent needs in medical research that will discover improved treatments and a cure to Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS).
As part of the partnership, Nick Riewoldt and Jack Riewoldt will be involved in both games, including as part of the pre-game entertainment and acting as ‘hydration officers’ for both clubs.
BBL and WBBL players from both teams were in attendance to announce the new partnership, which will extend cricket’s strong partnership with the charity having already been involved with Premier Women’s cricket through Maddie’s Shield and also local community clubs over the last few years.
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision and the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades are excited to take this partnership to the next level and strengthen the presence of the charity with BBL fans both locally and nationally through a number of new initiatives:
Money raised at the BBL Derbies will fund access to genetic testing for all patients diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure, which can be the difference in saving lives.
JinHang, an Australian electrical and lighting company and Maddie’s Vision major charity sponsor, have committed to giving Maddie's Vision $1,000 for all fours hit across both the MCG and Marvel Stadium derbies.
BBL Fans can also contribute by making a donation at mrv.org.au, buying Maddie's Vision Socks at the gate or online.
#Bat4Maddie banners will be given to all donations of $5.00 and abover, and collectible wrist bands will be available for gold coin donations.
Chairman of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision Nick Riewoldt said: “Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is a charity who is increasingly partnering with a variety of elite sports teams, and in particular where there is a strong pathway for women’s participation. “My sister Maddie fought a long battle with her illness but when she was well, she was also a sportswoman who was passionate about all sports. It is really fitting that we are strengthening our presence with the BBL and we are grateful for this new platform of raising awareness and funds for Bone Marrow Failure.
“Working with the Stars and Renegades, who are so innovative and inclusive, is a gift to our mission of finding a cure. Bone Marrow Failure is an unfair disease that claims the life of half the young Australian’s diagnosed.”
To date, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision has raised a committed $7 million that is supporting a Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology. It’s the first of its kind in the world and has only been achieved with the support of the general public.
Melbourne Stars Captain Glenn Maxwell said: “Being a St Kilda fan, and having a connection with Nick Riewoldt, I’ve been behind Maddie’s Vision since the beginning but never had the opportunity to play in a Maddie’s Vision Shield due to timing. I’m thrilled that the Melbourne Stars and the Renegades have partners with Maddie’s Vision for the Melbourne Derbies, and I know the all the players will be ‘Batting for Maddie’ so hopefully we hit a few boundaries on New Year’s Day and help raise funds for this great cause,” said Maxwell.
Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said: “Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision has made an incredible contribution to the community in a short period of time and we’re honoured to play a role in continuing to raise awareness for the charity. The funds raised are changing lives and we know fans of both clubs will get behind this cause. Our derbies are a key part of the Melbourne sporting calendar and we look forward to using this platform to make a difference in the community. We encourage all fans to get along to the games and we look forward to hosting our Derby on January 19 at Marvel Stadium.”