NO SUPPORT: The Festival Of Cricket, to mark the 10th anniversary of Sir Donald Bradman’s passing, has been cancelled due to a poor response from players.THE Bradman Foundation had planned a non-stop weekend of cricket to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sir Donald Bradman’s passing today but due to a lack of response the Festival of Cricket has been cancelled.
Instead, the Foundation will hold a private function at the International Cricket Hall of Fame tonight to thank its volunteers as well recent local Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday honourees.
Bradman Foundation executive director Rina Hore said she was disappointed the festival on Bradman Oval failed to get the response they had had hoped for.
She said the Foundation would “sit down and think about” what went wrong with the marketing of the event, which was advertised in the Highlands and Sydney.
The cost for corporate teams was $3000, which included a meal and hall entry, but Ms Hore said price wasn’t the reason people failed to sign up.
“For us it is a pretty significant date but the corporates told us November suited them better and most people are over cricket by now and are back to work,” she said.
“There was no harm done. We need to find a time when it best suits.”
She said the Highlands Cricket Association was consulted about the festival in the early stages but was unable to free up its players after having already made concessions for the Kookaburra Cup and the Hall of Fame opening.
The News’ feature on the Don last Friday was planned as a lead-in to the festival but after it was called off the Foundation opted for a Cricket, Cuisine and Coldies function for the World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia tonight.
This too was called-off after it was realised it would clash with the Berrima District Sports Awards. To make matters more confusing for the public both 2ST and the News publicised these cancelled events.
On Wednesday 2ST said the Festival of Cricket was on with an old interview with Ms Hore, while the News ran a brief on the World Cup function on Wednesday.
The World Cup function will now be held on April 2 for final.
Ms Hore said they had moved Bowral’s first grade game to Bradman Oval tomorrow and will stage a Foundation game on Sunday.
The Transplant XI will take on a Bradman Foundation team made up of people who signed up for the festival and foundation members.
Ms Hore said the volunteers were an invaluable part of the operation and would hear from guest speak Admiral Simon Harrington about Gallipoli.
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