3 March 2023

Strathnairn Charity House: MBA ACT construction industry workers to take on ACT Meteors

| Dione David
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ACT Meteors on the cricket pitch

A passionate team of MBA ACT members will face off with the ACT Meteors to raise funds for Strathnairn Charity House. Photo: Cricket ACT.

Sport and construction will connect in a big way for a big reason on 3 March.

Master Builders ACT (MBA ACT) is wrangling a passionate team of its members to go head-to-head on the pitch at Phillip Oval against the ACT Meteors professional women’s cricket team to raise funds for the Strathnairn Charity House.

A collaboration between MBA ACT and Ginninderry Joint Venture to design and construct a premium home in the fast-growing suburb of Strathnairn, the Strathnairn Charity House will be auctioned off later this month to raise bumper funding for three Hands Across Canberra charities.

backyard with firepit

The stunning Strathnairn Charity House. The auction will take place on Saturday, 25 March, at 1 pm. Photo: Ginninderry.

It has already brought together elite players in architecture, construction, marketing, real estate sales, auctioneering and administration.

But the project’s magnitude has built such momentum that additional fundraising activities have been organised under its banner in the lead-up to the auction.

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All are invited to come down and check out the game. There will be a sausage sizzle, auction items and, of course, a cracker of a game.

“The MBA team are talking a good game, I’ll tell you that,” says Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton with a laugh.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind they’re going to bring it, but our girls are competitive and keen to show what they can do – they aren’t going to take it easy on them!

“They’ll read the play, of course, but there’s an element of white line fever and I don’t think either team will be able to help themselves. We’re in for a great afternoon of cricket.”

Olivia Thornton

Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton says attendees are in for a great afternoon of cricket. Photo: James Coleman.

If you’re tempted to think of the MBA ACT team as the underdog, think again.

MBA Member Services Director Ashlee Berry said the team would comprise employees from MBA ACT’s membership base, all of whom have paid good money to face off.

“They’re highly motivated,’ she said.

“I’m betting our passion, enthusiasm and willingness to have a go might just get us over the line.”

General manager of Kane Constructions Jo Farrell

General manager of Kane Constructions Jo Farrell is one of the MBA ACT All Stars who will play against the ACT Meteors for Strathnairn Charity House. Photo: Professional Headshots Canberra.

General manager of Kane Constructions Jo Farrell has signed up for the MBA ACT All Stars, as they’re known.

“She debuted last week for the Chief Minister’s 11 against Chair’s 11. She’s had her first hit, so she’s practically a veteran now,” Ms Berry explains.

“I think we could comfortably say she and the other players will give the pros a run for their money!”

Competition aside, Ms Thornton says Cricket ACT was stoked to lend the prominence of the Meteors, including the likes of Holly Ferling and Katie Mack, to the cause.

“We’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to use our team as a vehicle to support this wonderful project.”

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The Strathnairn Charity House Cricket Fundraiser match between the ACT Meteors and MBA ACT will be held this Friday (3 March) from 1 pm to 4 pm at Phillip Oval.

There are limited opportunities left to purchase a spot as a player or become a sponsor. The general public is also encouraged to come along, catch the game and, if possible, give to Hands Across Canberra.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made online.

The Strathnairn Charity House auction will be held on Saturday, 25 March, at 1 pm.

Open homes will be as follows:

  • Saturday, 4 March, 3 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 8 March, 5:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Thursday, 9 March, 5:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Saturday, 11 March, 3 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 15 March, 5:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Thursday, 16 March, 5:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Saturday, 18 March, 3 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 22 March, 5:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Thursday, 23 March, 5:30 pm – 6 pm.

For more information, visit the Strathnairn Charity House webpage.

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