CANBERRA, ACT - Lifeline Canberra will charge into the New Year, thanks to the local Australian Baseball League (ABL) team, the Canberra Elite Cavalry.
Lifeline Canberra and the Cavalry are pleased to be teaming up together in order to raise awareness of suicide prevention and support.
Lifeline Canberra CEO, Ms Carrie-Ann Leeson, believes working with the Cavalry and players is a great way to raise awareness for the local crisis support and suicide prevention service.
"This great partnership means the Cavalry mid-January home series will be presented by Lifeline Canberra, with a special focus on health and wellness," Ms Leeson said.
"The Cavalry players are young leaders in the community and their commitment to professional sport keeps them healthy in body and mind. It is these attributes we need to share in order to help support those who are thinking of suicide."
Canberra Cavalry CEO, Donn McMichael, is honoured to welcome Lifeline Canberra affiliates to MIT Ballpark when they face the Melbourne Aces during Round 8 of the ABL competition.
"I am pleased to welcome Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA who will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday, 12 January," Mr McMichael said.
"Mr Richard Rolfe OAM will then open the game on Friday night and Lifeline Canberra CEO, Ms Carrie-Ann Leeson will throw Sunday's first pitch."
"This is a great way to not only recognise these individuals and their ongoing support of Lifeline Canberra but to also raise awareness for Lifeline Canberra and the prevention of suicide."
"On game day, volunteers will be collecting a gold coin donation for parking with proceeds going to Lifeline Canberra. Baseball fans are encouraged to give generously to this great cause."
Suicide is the leading cause of preventable death for Australians aged 15 - 44. In Canberra, we tragically lose one person to suicide each week.
Lifeline Canberra crisis support volunteers answer approximately 100 calls each day to our local 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention line, helping people experiencing crisis and suicidal thoughts find a reason to live. By supporting Lifeline Canberra, the Cavalry hope to raise vital funds to help the local charity answer more life-saving calls.
The Canberra Cavalry will play four games against the Melbourne Aces from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 January at MIT Ballpark. This series is set to be a top of the table clash between the Melbourne Aces who lead the ABL and the Cavalry who sit in second place. The Cavalry will then travel to Sydney and face the Blue Sox in Round 9 of the ABL season from the 19 January 2017.
NB: Lifeline's 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention service, 13 11 14 is pronounced, "thirteen, eleven, fourteen".