New book – playing cricket in support of mental health

28 September 2020

A book has been released which tells the story of a Melbourne-based cricket enthusiast who played 11 matches for 11 different clubs across Australia to help raise funds for and awareness of mental health.

Craig Dodson, 42, travelled over 10,000km, pulling on the whites for a diverse mix of cricket clubs across the country. At one point, he travelled 1600km in a day only to score a golden duck!

Craig, who was given a helping hand by retired Australian legends Greg Chappell and Darren Lehmann, made 75 runs at an average of 10.5 and took a few wickets.

Craig was motivated to embark on this mission by his own battle with depression a decade ago and one of the major outcomes of his cricketing journey was $10,000 being raised for the Gotcha4Life Foundation, which funds education workshops, training programs and products to build the mental fitness of communities.

The book, which is titled “A view of Australia from fine leg”, gives a snapshot of the value of cricket in local communities and the role the sport plays promoting positive mental health. The foreword has been written by Darren Lehmann.

The book is now on sale for $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Proceeds from sales are going to charity.

In addition, members of the Lord’s Taverners ACT who attend Thursday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will have a chance to win a copy of “A view of Australia from fine leg”, as it will be among the prizes for the raffle which will be held at the event. The other raffle prizes on offer on Thursday are a bottle of Penfolds RWT and a bottle of the limited edition Lord’s Taverners Geoff Merrill Wines 2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz.

For more information about the AGM, please click here.

For more information about the limited edition Lord’s Taverners shiraz, including how to place an order for the wine, please click here.