Burekup’s blue tree and stumps day raises awareness for mental health

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Burekup Cricket Club and members of the Sports Chaplaincy WA Lords XI took part in a Blue Stumps match to raise awareness of mental health.
Camera IconBurekup Cricket Club and members of the Sports Chaplaincy WA Lords XI took part in a Blue Stumps match to raise awareness of mental health. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

A bright blue tree stands out like a beacon from the Burekup Cricket Club oval in the hope it will start some important discussions.

The dead tree was painted as part of the Blue Tree Project for mental health awareness on Sunday before the club hosted a Blue Stumps T20 charity match.

Club president Nathan King said he wanted to start a conversation among the team.

“We wanted to try and promote the conversation about, “are you OK?” he said.

Being mates, we are here as a group, not just to play cricket, we are here as a small club, community, family.

Nathan King

“We realised part way through the T20 game that it really does have the potential to be a big deal, similar to how the pink stumps started out as a little forum and now it’s massive with the Glen McGrath Foundation,” Mr King said.

“So there’s potential that we are on the cusp of something pretty big.”

Mr King said the club reached out to Sports Chaplaincy WA in search of a support network through cricket.

“One of the guys came up with the blue stumps idea and from there we engaged Sports Chaplaincy Australia.

“A member from Sports Chaplaincy WA was interested in playing a charity T20 match with his Christian cricket team, Lords XI,” he said. Mr King said the club researched prior to its first blue stumps day to ensure they did not copy another club’s idea.

“There was one a couple of years ago over east which was for prostate cancer, but other than that we couldn’t really find anything,” Mr King said.

“In that search we came across the Blue Tree Project which was also for mental health awareness and got in touch with them and there was a dead tree standing on the side of our oval.”

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