“This is the first time I have received anything like this in my life,” he says. “As healthcare professionals we are doing our job, but it’s wonderful to get this recognition.”
Kannammalil says it has been a challenging couple of years for people working in healthcare and he wanted to do something that would help his colleagues de-stress.
“I’ve seen other nurses struggling in the pandemic and many don’t have family around,” he says. “My family is overseas, and we wanted them to come out and visit their grandkids, but that’s not possible. There were a lot of mixed feelings. I saw social cricket as a medium for us to come together on a Monday evening and share those feelings.”
After putting a notice in the staff newsletter, a mixed team of nurses, anaesthetists, surgeons and support staff signed up and Mercy Hospital paid the registration fees to enter them in social cricket.
While they had plenty of spirit and enthusiasm for their first game, Kannammalil says they were somewhat lacking in gear. He plays club cricket as well, so was able to share his own bat with the team, but it was challenging to make do with limited gear.
“We need at least three, because if two are batting on the pitch, a third bat is needed for the next person to practice.”
That’s no longer a problem thanks to the ANZ Cricket Grant. The new gear means the team can concentrate on their game.
“We dropped a few catches the other day, but it’s all about participation and team spirit,” says Kannammalil. “Sport is a great way for people to come together.”