Last summer, Craig Dodson embarked on a world-record cricketing adventure representing 11 different clubs across Australia, including two matches in NSW, while raising funds for mental health alongside Gotcha4Life.
Centered around the spirit of community cricket, Craig travelled over 10,000 kilometres, playing for a diverse mix of cricket clubs across the country, including Lake Albert Cricket Club and Narrandera Cricket Club in NSW. Across the 11 games he played, Craig raised $10,000 for Gotcha4Life, showcasing the power of cricket and community spirit. The adventure, whilst charitable in nature, also had a close personal connection for Craig and his family.
“The more I thought about it the more I thought it should have a purpose behind it. I went through a rough patch with depression a decade ago…thankfully, with the help of some great friends and medical advice, I came out the other side”, Craig said.
“I now live a great life with my wife and kids, but I have never forgot those challenging times. I subsequently committed myself to using this grand tour to raise funds for mental health as well as helping people along the way by sharing my story.”
Aligned with Craig’s motivation, Cricket NSW and Gotcha4Life have recently announced a pioneering partnership to promote the importance of mental fitness in the cricket community.
For Craig, the journey was memorable on and off the field and featured several poignant moments.
“Among other things…I was trapped by a bushfire, travelled 1600 kilometres in one day just to score a Golden Duck, was given a hand by greats of the game and shared my story of battling through depression and offered support to those facing a similar challenge,” Craig said.
Being able to raise awareness and much needed funds for mental health in the community, Craig reflects fondly on adventure for the ages.
“It is a source of pride to have completed this project and made a financial contribution to support the fantastic work done by Gotcha4Life,” Craig said.
“Gotcha4Life promote the need for everyone to speak up, express their emotions and ensure we all have a close friend in life we can go to when times are tough…this really struck a chord with me as I was really fortunate to have mates like this when I was struggling.”
Craig’s adventure has been captured in his book – A View of Australia from Fine Leg – and can be purchased by clicking here, with all profits donated to Gotcha4Life to help deliver mental fitness workshops in the community.