The Melbourne Cricket Club is calling on its members and the wider sporting community to #BePartoftheTeam and book in to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.In a campaign conceived and delivered by the MCC, the MCG has joined forces with 13 of the state’s most recognisable footy faces in a call-to-arms for Victorians.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the desired way of life, it has impacted the beloved tradition of going to the Members’ Reserve at the ‘G to enjoy live sport with mates and MCC peers.
Footy’s famous names across current and former AFL and AFLW players, media personalities, commentators, umpires and fans have made the call out to those who hold the MCG close to their hearts and want to get back to doing what they love – enjoying live sport and events at the MCG.
Richmond tragic Mick Molloy is joined by media personality Rebecca Maddern, Melbourne AFLW captain Daisy Pearce, leading TV presenter Shelley Ware, AFLW all-time leading goal kicker Darcy Vescio and the universally-known Collingwood cheer squad in encouraging all Victorians to #BePartoftheTeam.
Geelong Cats legend Billy Brownless also features alongside the people’s champion of AFL umpires Ray Chamberlain, Indigenous AFL games record holder Shaun Burgoyne, FightMND ambassadors Bec and Neale Daniher, Richmond’s favourite sons Kevin Bartlett and Matthew Richardson plus At the ‘G podcast host and member Anthony Hudson.
“This pandemic isn’t something we want to see again,” Mr Molloy says in the video.
“Your one action out there, could help us see 100,000 back in here at the MCG. So come on Victoria – from all of us – let’s get back to doing what we love.”
Melbourne Cricket Club President Michael Happell said that the MCC was committed to ensuring the health and safety of its members and patrons and in turn has a responsibility to encourage those connected to the MCG to get vaccinated.
“The MCC acknowledges that we have a role to play in society as manager of the MCG in protecting the wider sporting community and those who enjoy sport and live events at our great venue,” said Mr Happell.
“For more than 165 years the MCG has been home to some of Australia’s greatest sporting moments and has welcomed patrons from all corners of the globe. It will be a great moment when the stands of the MCC and MCG are full with patrons once again but in order for this to be possible, we all have a job to do.
“In line with the health advice that major events won’t be able to return in Victoria until the state reaches key vaccination targets, it is vital that we do our part in encouraging those eligible to book in for their vaccinations.
“At the MCC, we back any solution that will allow us to return to doing what we love, therefore we feel a responsibility to add our voice to the overall campaign to get our fellow Victorians and sports lovers vaccinated.
“Together with friends of the MCC, MCG and some of our state’s most recognisable and respected voices, we encourage you all to be part of the biggest team this generation has ever seen.”
Find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.