The Scorchers wanted to take some of the excitement of the KFC Big Bash League to those not necessarily able to get to a game, so on the eve of their title defence, the Club teamed up with charity partner Variety to arrange the visit.
Voges, the Scorchers’ most successful captain, and Whiteman, hero from the BBL|06 Final, took the Championship and some Scorchers and Variety giveaways to a group of children who were unable to play in the activity area of the hospital due to their conditions.
Voges said it was a moving experience to visit the children, who were unable to enjoy many of the activities that their peers do.
“Any opportunity we can get to come down and just make their lives a little bit easier for five or 10 minutes, we’re certainly happy to do that,” Voges said.
“We’re getting close to the Big Bash season now, so hopefully we’ve helped to bring some of that excitement here and made a few new fans today that will be watching as well.”
Whiteman said the visit to the hospital put things in perspective for him.
“It’s pretty cool to come in and see a few fans and hopefully put a smile on their face for a few minutes,” Whiteman said.
“It definitely makes me feel good coming in here and being able to help out.”
Voges and Whiteman handed out signed balls and took photos with the children, offering them the chance to hold and touch the trophy.
When Voges told a young boy the trophy was heavy, the child’s response was full of confidence and excitement about the possibility of holding it.
“It won’t be heavy for me,” he said.