Commonwealth Bank and Australia A Cricketers Visit Palm Island

1 July, 2009: The Commonwealth Bank and four players from the Australia A Cricket Team today visited Palm Island, Queensland, to conduct a development clinic and donate cricket equipment to the Island’s children.

Australia A Cricketers including Jason Krezja, Adam Voges, John Holland and George Bailey conducted a one hour development clinic with Indigenous children at the Palm Island Sport and Recreation Centre. The Commonwealth Bank donated cricket equipment for the local community and Commonwealth Bank Series cricket packs for the children, which includes a hat, water bottle and autograph book.

Barbara Chapman, Commonwealth Bank Group Executive Human Resources and Group Services, said that helping bring cricket to all Australian communities is a key element of the Group’s partnership with Cricket Australia.

“Through our long-standing partnership with Cricket Australia, which has now been in place for 22 years, we recognise the important role cricket plays in the Australian community and we are proud to support the development of cricket in Indigenous communities and regional areas across Australia,” Ms Chapman said.

She said the Commonwealth Bank is a Platinum Partner of Cricket Australia, naming sponsor of the one day international matches played in Australia, the Commonwealth Bank Series, and sponsor of the Australian men’s one day international team for matches played in Australia.

The Commonwealth Bank is also Principal Partner of the Imparja Cup, the annual national Indigenous cricket carnival, major sponsor of the Australian Country Cricket Championships and the naming rights partner of the Australian Women’s Cricket team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars.

Ms Chapman said the visit is also an example of the Commonwealth Bank’s commitment to its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the Group’s formalised commitment to Indigenous Australians, which was launched in July 2008.

“Through our RAP, we are committed to building stronger relationships with Indigenous stakeholders and to helping build skills and capabilities in Indigenous communities,” she said.

“Just as importantly, we want to work with our partners to offer Indigenous children the same opportunities afforded to other children around the country.”


For more information and images from the visit contact:

George Pank, Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9378 3944 Mob: 0422 048 659