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Kids hit runs for cause

HIT FOR SIX: Jamie Koch of St Joseph’s Primary School is organising a charity cricket match for the McGrath Foundation.
HIT FOR SIX: Jamie Koch of St Joseph’s Primary School is organising a charity cricket match for the McGrath Foundation. David Nielsen

A GROUP of cricket-mad youngsters at St Joseph's School are hoping to make a buck for a good cause while also raising the profile of their favoured sport.

Jamie Koch, an 11-year-old up-and-comer in club cricket circles, is frustrated that the sport is no longer played between schools across the region, as it was not too many years ago.

The idea for the Charity Cricket Match was originally spawned by Jamie's older brother Bradley last year.

While it was primarily in response to the lapse of inter-school cricket matches, the lads also wanted to use the match against Sacred Heart School to help the McGrath Foundation.

Their efforts were successful, netting $4000 for the breast cancer charity.

Jamie said he was hoping to eclipse last year's fundraising figure, while also campaigning for cricket to be reintroduced into the inter-school sports program.

"At the moment we only play indoor cricket within the school," he said.

Jamie's mum Mandy Koch said both her sons were so passionate about the game that they were willing to teach other kids how to play.

"(Last year) they gathered a group of friends together - some of whom had never played before - and started training them in their lunch hour," Mrs Koch said.

"The boys were all becoming good cricket players and wanted to showcase their talents, so they came up with the idea of playing another school."

The wider Ipswich community can also get involved by going to the match and buying a sausage, raffle ticket or drinks as well as looking at the stalls and cheering the children on in the match.

McGrath Foundation director Tracy Bevan said the McGrath Foundation continued to be blown away by the support from Australian communities.

"Events like this are truly helping us to make a difference," she said.

The 24 over match will be played from 10.30am on Sunday, August 31, on the top oval at St Joseph's School, North Ipswich.

To donate to the cause, visit the website www. mcgrathfoundation.gofundraise.com.au.

Topics:  sacred heart school, st joseph's school


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