The Annual Edenhope Show was the scene for the official commencement of the next journey for the Mullagh Wills Foundation Commemorative Message Book.
Part of the official opening of the Edenhope Show by Emma Kealy MP, Member for Lowan, included the presentation of the Message Book to the local community to signify the start of the next journey which will include communities from Victoria and New South Wales.
The Message Book will travel to the Glenelg Shire and Warrnambool before being presented to the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust on day two of the New Year’s Ashes Test at the SCG in early January. Then the book will return to Victoria where it will travel to a number of communities, including Geelong and Queenscliff and return to the West Wimmera for an official ceremony to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Cricket Team tour of England in 1868.
From the West Wimmera the Message Book travel to England where it will be welcomed at Lord’s, the home of cricket before returning to Australia later in 2018.
As part of the ceremony at the annual Edenhope Show, the Mullagh Wills Foundation presented David Leahy, CEO of West Wimmera, with the Reconciliation Victoria HART Award (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together), won by the Foundation earlier in the year.
“We believe it is appropriate for the West Wimmera to display this Award in the coming months as this region is not only the home of the Aboriginal Cricket Team, it has been the starting point for our commemorative celebrations and the West Wimmera Shire has led the way for other communities to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the magnificent achievements of the Aboriginal Cricket Team and, in doing so, promote reconciliation through sport to the community,” said Mullagh Wills Secretary Ian Coutts.
For Emma Kealy MP it was the second time she had been involved with the Message Book journey, having also been involved in the original ‘Journey to the MCG’ launch at the annual Johnny Mullagh Cricket match in Harrow in March 2016.