LIGHT Pass Cricket Club president Brett Nitschke has been honoured as one of the Big Bash League’s home-grown heroes.
Mr Nitschke was nominated by his wife and a friend for his work with the annual six-a-side Heart Kids SA charity day that the club hosts, and received the accolade prior to Christmas.
However, the Barossa & Light junior cricket president said he was surprised to see himself appear on the TV screen during the Big Bash League coverage.
“I actually didn’t know anything about it ’til it came on,” Mr Nitschke said.
He said the idea of the Heart Kids SA charity day, which supports those with congenital/childhood heart disease, stemmed from the desire to do something a bit different.
“I thought there was an opportunity to do a day for a different charity – people still do the Pink Stumps Day, and we do as well,” Mr Nitschke said.
“In the Barossa & Light Cricket Association there’s 60 families that are affected by this.
“We’ve got 50-odd teams of juniors, borderline 500 kids playing cricket, and with those numbers, someone, five or eight, is affected by this.
“Our money goes to supporting the families, not for research, to give them vouchers and help for accommodation when they’re away for surgeries.”
In 2016, Light Pass raised $1500 for Heart Kids SA, however Mr Nitschke is hopeful that the 2017 total will exceed that.
“We want to raise as much as we can over time,” he said.
The charity day is traditionally held before the Adelaide Test match, as it was last year, and Mr Nitschke wants to see the day continue to grow each year.
“I’d love to be able to sit back and see, like, 500 or 600 people there making a day of it one day,” he said.