ACA Sets Up Emergency Assistance Fund to Help Affected Players During Coroanvirus Pandemic

The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has launched an Emergency Assistance Fund of $250,000 to provide interim relief to past and current players affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund will help those who are awaiting government’s support to help abridge their income gap.

“The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting many of our past player members, as well as those current players who rely on additional income for a sustainable wage,” ACA said in a release on its website. “To help bridge the gap for our members who are waiting on government support to be made available to them, we have launched the ACA Emergency Assistance Fund.”

ACA’s General Manager Member Programs and Relations Kelly Applebee said the fund would help those members who are “experiencing job loss, increased anxiety, stress and general uncertainty.”

“Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve spoken to several members who are doing it tough, and we’ve been trying to help where we can,” Applebee said. “We’ve worked hard over that time to bring together a framework around the support we can provide, as well as some significant resources and we encourage those members who have felt the impact of the coronavirus and who are still waiting on government support, to get in touch with us as we may be able to help.”

She continued, “…we encourage those members who have felt the impact of the coronavirus and who are still waiting on government support, to get in touch with us as we may be able to help.”

In Australia at least 50 people have died and almost 6,000 have been infected by the deadly virus so far.