Charity cricket match to remember ‘Whammo’

Charity Cricket Bash for Scott "Whammo" Cameron who died before Christmas. Travis Leggett, Jimmy Hepburn, Tim Jones and Lachlan Whitton from Woodend Cricket Club.

Close mates of a young father who died just days before Christmas will honor him with a cricket match to raise money for his wife and daughter.

Scott “Whammo” Cameron died on December 23, described by his loved ones as a “great mate” and loving family man who struggled with depression.

Former teammate Lachlan Whitton has pulled together a side – the Scott Cameron XI – to play in the 20/20 match against Woodend Hesket FNC XI on February 12 at Woodend.

Money from the event will go to Scott’s wife, Bobbie, and baby Charlie.

“It was an idea that a few of us came up with to help Scott’s young family,” Mr Whitton said.

“We were all friends – my younger brother was in Scott’s wedding party, and they were very close … and I played in the same football team as him.

“Bobbie is a teacher and she’s currently on maternity leave looking after their beautiful baby girl, so we wanted to be able to raise as much money as we could to allow her to be able to do so.

“Everyone has taken it pretty hard … many of us lost our great mate.”

Mr Whitton said the community had rallied together and donated generously towards a silent auction to be held on the day.

The match will be a family-friendly event, with plenty of food and drink, jumping castles, face painting and popcorn for the kids, he said.

“News of the day has gone far and wide,” Mr Whitton said. “T

he community has been amazingly generous.”

Anyone struggling with depression can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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