All cultures come together for community cup

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A SPORT FOR ALL… From left (back), A Sport for All community champion and Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District strategic engagement coordinator Goulburn Region, Sam Atukorala, local resident, Danesha Patabandige, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District project officer, Andrew Murley. (Front), Shepparton Police youth resources officer, Dean Lloyd, local residents and sisters, Tahlia Shadowy, 10, Alexa, 7 and Sophie, 4, Lin and Shalom Ramachandra and Shepparton Police multicultural liaison, Matt Walker. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
A SPORT FOR ALL… From left (back), A Sport for All community champion and Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District strategic engagement coordinator Goulburn Region, Sam Atukorala, local resident, Danesha Patabandige, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District project officer, Andrew Murley. (Front), Shepparton Police youth resources officer, Dean Lloyd, local residents and sisters, Tahlia Shadowy, 10, Alexa, 7 and Sophie, 4, Lin and Shalom Ramachandra and Shepparton Police multicultural liaison, Matt Walker. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
A SPORT FOR ALL… From left (back), A Sport for All community champion and Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District strategic engagement coordinator Goulburn Region, Sam Atukorala, local resident, Danesha Patabandige, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District project officer, Andrew Murley. (Front), Shepparton Police youth resources officer, Dean Lloyd, local residents and sisters, Tahlia Shadowy, 10, Alexa, 7 and Sophie, 4, Lin and Shalom Ramachandra and Shepparton Police multicultural liaison, Matt Walker. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
A SPORT FOR ALL… From left (back), A Sport for All community champion and Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District strategic engagement coordinator Goulburn Region, Sam Atukorala, local resident, Danesha Patabandige, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District project officer, Andrew Murley. (Front), Shepparton Police youth resources officer, Dean Lloyd, local residents and sisters, Tahlia Shadowy, 10, Alexa, 7 and Sophie, 4, Lin and Shalom Ramachandra and Shepparton Police multicultural liaison, Matt Walker. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

FOR the fourth consecutive year Victory Park will come alive with some healthy competition, when local members of the police and Indigenous and multicultural members of the community go head-to-head in the Blue Ribbon Community Cup.

The game brings together all communities to foster a mutual trust and respect for each other and helps to raise funds for the Blue Ribbon Foundation.

A Sport for All community champion and Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District strategic engagement coordinator Goulburn Region, Sam Atukorala said, “We will have a jumping castle and entertainment for kids and barbeque lunch (gold coin donation) for everyone.

“The match has been such a success over the years. Everybody loves to play cricket and it provides a way to connect the whole community regardless of culture.

“We have a lot of support from the whole community and there is no limit to who can be involved.”

Shepparton Police multicultural liaison, Matt Walker said, “We played our first Blur Ribbon cricket match in 2013, but the Shepparton Police have been involved in other community cricket and sporting events, such as shooting and soccer, for many years.

“It’s all about community inclusion and raising awareness for the Blue Ribbon Foundation.”

The game will run on Sunday, February 24 at Victory Park (St. Georges Road, Shepparton).

For further information, contact Sam on 5831 2395 or Matt on 5820 5847.