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Melbourne teams Stars and Renegades together supporting the work of Maddie'e Vision

21 Dec 2018

Melbourne teams Stars and Renegades together supporting the work of Maddie'e Vision

For the first time, across 2 derbies on the 1st and 19th january, the melbourne stars and renegades teams and fans came together to #bat4maddies and help support the work of maddie's vision.


The stadiums came alive as excited fans raced in to watch their favourite teams battle it out for a great cause on the 1st and 19th January. #Bat4Maddie banners and purple wristbands flooded the stands across the MCG and Marvel Stadium as our 100 wonderful volunteers collected donations from the generous cricket community.

A fantastic fundraising result of $50,000 across both derbies was raised this year leaving us both proud and very thankful. Money raised at the BBL Derbies will go towards funding access to genetic testing for all patients diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure, which can be the difference in saving lives.

Acting as hydration officers, Nick and Jack Riewoldt, did an amazing job of keeping both Stars and Renegades players well refreshed across both match days and providing some additional entertainment! 

 We sincerely thank JinHang Lighting and Electrical, Maddie's Vision major charity sponsor, for their generous support towards Maddie's Vision for sponsoring $1,000 for all 4's hit across both the MCG and Marvel Stadium derbies.

We take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for helping to make both event days a tremendous success. BBL fans can be proud of their contribution to the work of Maddie Riewoldt's Vision and we look forward to the opportunity to join you all agin. Maddie fought her battle with inspiring determination and courage and we will always contine to #FightlikeMaddie .



Overview of new partnership for Maddie's Vision:

The charity's primary focus is to fund the urgent needs in medical research that will discover improved treatments and a cure to Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS).

BBL and WBBL players from both teams were in attendance to announce the new partnership, which will extend cricket’s strong partnership with Maddie's Vision having already been involved with Premier Women’s cricket through Maddie’s Shield and also local community clubs over the last few years. 

Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision and the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades are excited to take this partnership to the next level and strengthen the presence of the charity with BBL fans both locally and nationally through a number of new initiatives:

  •       Money raised at the BBL Derbies will fund access to genetic testing for all patients diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure, which can be the difference in saving lives
  •       JinHang, an Australian electrical and lighting company and Maddie’s Vision major charity sponsor, have committed to giving Maddie's Vision $1,000 for all 4's hit across both the MCG and Marvel Stadium derbies
  •       Nick and Jack Riewoldt will be involved in both games, including as part of the pre-game entertainment and acting as ‘hydration officers’ for both clubs
  •       BBL Fans can also contribute by making a donation at, buying Maddie's Vision Socks at the gate or online
  •       #Bat4Maddie banners will be given to all donations of $5 and over, and collectible wrist bands for gold coin donations

Chairman of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision Nick Riewoldt said:

“Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is a charity who is increasingly partnering with a variety of elite sports teams, and in particular where there is a strong pathway for women’s participation.  

“My sister Maddie fought a long battle with her illness but when she was well, she was also a sportswoman who was passionate about all sports. It is really fitting that we are strengthening our presence with the BBL and we are grateful for this new platform of raising awareness and funds for Bone Marrow Failure. 

“Working with the Stars and Renegades, who are so innovative and inclusive, is a gift to our mission of finding a cure. Bone Marrow Failure is an unfair disease that claims the life of half the young Australian’s diagnosed.”

To date, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision has raised a committed $7 million that is supporting a Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology. It’s the first of its kind in the world and has only been achieved with the support of the general public.


 Melbourne Stars Captain Glenn Maxwell said:

 “Being a St Kilda fan, and having a connection with Nick Riewoldt, I’ve been behind Maddie’s Vision since the beginning but never had the opportunity to play in a Maddie’s Vision Shield due to timing. I’m thrilled that the Melbourne Stars and the Renegades have partnered with Maddie’s Vision for the Melbourne Derbies, and I know that all the players will be ‘Batting for Maddie’ so hopefully we hit a few boundaries on New Year’s Day and help raise funds for this great cause,” said Maxwell.

 Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said:

“Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision has made an incredible contribution to the community in a short period of time and we’re honoured to play a role in continuing to raise awareness for the charity.  The funds raised are changing lives and we know fans of both clubs will get behind this cause.  Our derbies are a key part of the Melbourne sporting calendar and we look forward to using this platform to make a difference in the community.  We encourage all fans to get along to the games and we look forward to hosting our Derby on January 19 at Marvel Stadium.”

 How can you show your support?

  • Purchase your tickets to Derby 2 and come along on Jan 19th. You can make a donation or buy merchandise at the ground. 
  • Make a donation to Maddie's Vision online 
  • Purchase your merchandise online 
  • Register your details and join the team of volunteers on the day. Please email your details to: