Pat's Go For It Grant Story
Tue 11 Jul 2017
The Haemophilia Foundation Australia’s Go for it Grants program assists people living with bleeding disorders take the first step towards achieving their goals. The grants are open to anyone who has, or is affected by, a bleeding disorder.
For more information visit: https://www.haemophilia.org.au/get-involved/awards/go-for-it-grants
Pat received a Go For It Grant in 2017 and here he tells his story how the Go For It Grant helped him.
I am Pat, and I received a Go For It Grant earlier this year to help fund my cricket season away in Darwin.
The Go For it Grant financially assisted me in my journey from Adelaide to play cricket this year in Darwin. It really helped in the first two weeks when my only cricket shoes broke and required immediate replacing. Other than that, the season has been relatively hassle free and thanks to the help from the haemophilia specialist up here, I have only missed the 1 game because of an injury.
Currently we are on mid-season break where the 8 teams are split into 4 for a premier competition called “Strike League”. Fortunately I have been lucky enough to be selected to join one of the teams, so my break period will be filled with cricket. This competition appeals to many first class cricketers around Australia, thus giving me the chance to bowl to and stand along-side some of the best young cricketers Australia has to offer. I played my first game on the weekend for them which sadly we lost but it was a class above any grade I have participated before.
Without the assistance from the Go For It Grant, I would have either been struck down with injury or had to work instead of playing. In my time off, I am still fishing and keeping active which are also pivotal parts of my life.
Hopefully I can continue this streak of good fortune with injuries and be able to finish off this season strong before a good lead up into the Adelaide cricket season when I get home.
I am very grateful to be selected for a grant as it has made the transition into life away from home a dream especially as cost of living is rather high in the top end.
Go For It Grants are supported by Pfizer.
Here is a photo of me warming up for the strike league game on Sunday (wearing my new shoes!). I am chuffed to get the call up in such an elite team!
Photo taken by Mitch Farnell, NT cricket.