Harrison Sharples’ BGOC Story
Harrison Sharples from Eleebana, NSW is nine years old and a passionate cricketer.
Harrison first came across the BGOC as he was watching his beloved Sydney Sixers play in the Big Bash League, where the idea of reaching out and helping kids with cancer and their families resonated with him.
“I thought, I would like to help the kids’, Harrison explains, “and because I like cricket so much I could raise money for them. My target was $250”.
Harrison registered his BGOC fundraising page and established a game on Australia Day, inviting his family, neighbours and friends to have a BBQ and play cricket in the cul-de-sac at the end of his street. Originally asking everyone who came to donate five dollars each, Harrison then took initiative to visit local businesses and ask if they would like to contribute.
The outreach from local businesses was impressive; “The local Bakers Delight donated bread rolls, the butcher, Joe’s Meats donated sausages and the Coles supermarket gave me a voucher so I could buy my drinks and other things for the BBQ”.
The game was a great success with many of Harrison’s family and friends turning up to watch and play. Harrison even decided to make some competitions such as ‘Best Catch of the Day’, whilst jokingly saying his father and him should have also made one for ‘Best Dropped Catch’. At the completion of the day Harrison stood up and made a speech about the Ponting Foundation and said thankyou to all who participated.
Donations of $488 made on the day and plus direct donations to his fundraising page, added up to a total donation d a total of $783 for the Ponting Foundation. However, his support won’t stop there.
“We will be playing a Biggest Game of Cricket next Australia Day, and I can’t wait. Hopefully I can raise more money to help kids with cancer and I hope other people can help next year too”.
We thank Harrison for sharing his story. Because of support like his we are able to help young Australians and their families beat cancer.