Emergency Services Match to help tackle mental health

10 September 2020

Footy fans can show their support this weekend for those on the frontline of Victoria’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, bushfires, storms and many other emergencies that impact communities.

Hawthorn Football Club is honouring the work of Victoria’s emergency management sector when it hosts the second Emergency Services Match in their AFL round 17 clash with the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

Fans of both teams, and the game, can show their virtual support for Victoria’s emergency services who  contribute so much to keep the community safe.

The Emergency Service Match is an opportunity to thank emergency services and raise awareness of the impact their work can have on their mental health and wellbeing. The match provides an opportunity to raise funds for the Emergency Services Foundation (External link), an organisation dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing across the entire emergency management sector.

The first bounce is at 3.35pm (Melbourne time) on Sunday and the game will be broadcast free to air on Channel 7, to provide strong TV viewership and awareness of the Emergency Services match.

For more information about the match, visit the Hawthorn Football Club website (External link).
Emergency services will be part of the Hawks Fan Zoom Wall and the club has arranged for a message of thanks to emergency services which will be displayed on LED signage around the ground during the game.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said people across our sector had done some incredible work over the last year to keep the community safe.

This includes responding to and supporting communities through the devastating bushfires over summer, significant wind, storm and flooding events, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Emergency Services Match is a great opportunity for the community to celebrate and say thanks to all our people across the sector for their ongoing commitment to keep the community safe.

“It is both a celebration of their hard work and a chance to raise awareness about staying mentally healthy.

“Thank you to Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs for the opportunity to recognise the work of our emergency services in this special way.”