Vodafone answers call for Strikers' helmets

Junior cricket clubs in South Australia are to receive 2,500 Masuri helmets thanks to a three-year deal between SACA/Adelaide Strikers and Vodafone.

A donation of $150,000 by the communications giant will help clubs supply batters, keepers and close-in fielders with the British Standard BS7928:2013 safety compliant helmets.

Masuri CEO Sam Miller said: "It is a magnificent gesture by Vodafone. Masuri is pleased to supply our safety compliant helmets."

"Our Masuri In The Community project is dedicated to promoting improved safety for players everywhere."

Vodafone Australia CCO Ben McIntosh said: "We’re advocates for cricket, especially in South Australia. We couldn’t be happier to help budding young cricket stars stay safe on the field."

Vodafone will gift two Masuri safety compliant helmets to metropolitan Under 10 and Under 12 teams, and two helmets per team to country clubs up to, and including Under 14s.

Adelaide Strikers Girls Cricket League teams will also receive helmets to add to the ones received through Growing Cricket For Girls.

SACA General Manager of Community Cricket Shane Bernhardt praised Vodafone.

He said: "Community cricket clubs are run solely by volunteers. Raising funds for equipment is always challenging."

"For Vodafone to improve the safety of community cricketers - at no cost to the clubs -is greatly appreciated."