What is the Biggest Game of Cricket?
It’s a fun way to help young Australians beat cancer!
Each summer, the Biggest Game of Cricket provides a fun way for all Australians to raise funds for a great cause. BGOC draws on cricket’s mantle as Australia’s most popular sport and lets you make the rules to suit your game! Play on the beach, in the park, on an oval, in a laneway – anywhere you like.
Play T20, French cricket, one day cricket or even Test cricket. Bowl underarm, overarm or side arm. Use a cricket ball, a tennis ball, a baseball or even play your game electronically – it’s your choice!
Invite your friends, family, neighbours, workmates, school mates or team mates to either play in or donate to your game. You against your mate or 11 a side. Your game, your rules! BGOC can be played any day (or night) through summer. Pick a day that suits you and your mates and invite them along via Facebook, text, email or even snail mail!
Most importantly, come up with some fun ideas on how you can raise money – check out Fundraising Tips if you need some ideas. Finally, make sure you share your fun and your ideas on the BGOC Facebook, Twitter or Instagram sites.
How we help
The Ponting Foundation was formed in 2008 by Ricky and Rianna Ponting to raise money to help young Australians with cancer and their families.
The Foundation doesn’t run cancer programs itself – it leaves that to the experts!
Organisations including Royal Children’s Hospital, Redkite, the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia (CCIA), the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation – Tasmania (DCLFT) and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) have all benefited from significant Ponting Foundation funding.
Recent programs supported by the Ponting Foundation include:
- Redkite’s Exceptional Needs Assistance program, providing emergency funding for families facing incredible financial hardship through one or more of their children being diagnosed with cancer
- CCIA’s ‘Tailored Therapeutics’ program, creating a more targeted approach to treatment of childhood cancer
- Research at MCRI to improve the psychological wellbeing of children with cancer; with a goal of ensuring the best possible psychological and quality of life outcomes, during the cancer treatment and long term.
- Working with DCLFT and the Tasmanian health system to provide equipment, resources and training for health professionals to minimise the need for young cancer patients to travel to interstate for best practice treatment.
- Research at the Royal Children’s Hospital to study the changes that occur in the genes of cancer cells, and how those genes can be used in the diagnosis of cancer and the selection of appropriate treatments.
Going forward, funds raised will continue to be used to support young Australians with cancer and their families through a broad range of programs and with a goal of distributing a minimum of 80% of all funds raised.