A match with one goal – to celebrate emergency services

9 May 2022

The 2022 AFL Emergency Services Match will take place at the MCG this Saturday 14 May, when Hawthorn Football Club take on Richmond.

Whatever team you barrack for, you can support Victoria’s emergency management sector and have a great day out.

The Emergency Services Match is an opportunity to thank emergency services and raise awareness of the impact their work can have on mental health and wellbeing. The match will also raise funds for the Emergency Services Foundation (External link) who run important programs to tackle mental health and wellbeing across the entire sector.

The event kicks off from 11am with a special FanZone outside gate 3 and pre-game ceremony. The Fan Zone will showcase emergency service vehicles and watercraft. Police horses, police dogs and Ember the therapy dog would love to meet you, as would the mascots, workers and volunteers from emergency service agencies.

A live band, games and activities will also keep everyone entertained. Event sponsor Bank Vic will run a competition to win $10,000, with entries sending a message of support to the emergency services.

Inside the ‘G’, Vanessa Amorosi will perform live as emergency services personnel take part in a colourful ceremony from 1pm. The first bounce is at 1.45pm.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said it was fitting to celebrate the incredible people across our sector on Victoria’s biggest sporting stage.

He said emergency service workers and volunteers had done amazing work over the last year to help keep communities safe. This included supporting Victorians and deploying north of the border to help NSW with its record-breaking floods.

“The Emergency Services Match is a great opportunity for the community to acknowledge our people and say thanks for their dedication and commitment to keeping our community safe.

“As well as recognising their hard work, the day is also about acknowledging the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

“Thank you to Hawthorn and Richmond for recognising our emergency services in this special way.”