FORMER Australian and Western Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has been announced as the guest speaker at the LIVEXchange 2017 Gala Dinner at Crown Towers in Perth on November 16.
The dinner includes a presentation of industry awards and a charity auction, and wraps-up the industry’s annual two-day conference.
Mr Hogg represented Western Australia in cricket from 1994 to 2008 and played in Australia’s victorious World Cup teams in 2003 and 2007. He also played seven Test Matches for Australia between 1996 and 2008.
He made a comeback to cricket in 2011 at the age of 40 in the 20-20 Big Bash League with the Perth Scorchers and has been one of the most desired players in the international T20 circuit ever since.
Mr Hogg, who grew up on his family’s sheep farm at Williams in WA’s Wheatbelt, has maintained strong links to his rural roots throughout his cricket career and is currently a Farmer on Your Plate ambassador, helping to promote stronger relationships between primary producers and city consumers.
He is also a Lifeline WA Ambassador, and is particularly focussed on engaging with rural communities to encourage people who are in need of help to speak up and get the support they require.
“I take real pride in my rural background and feel it’s important to support country communities in any way I can,” Mr Hogg said.
“Growing up in a farming area, I was surrounded by a strong sense of community and hard work ethic which has played an important part in my adult life.”
The LIVEXchange 2017 conference and dinner is expected to attract more than 400 stakeholders including livestock producers, exporters, research scientists, industry leaders, political representatives and commercial investors from Australia and overseas.
And keeping with the theme of supporting rural communities, the annual LIVEXchange charity auction will raise money for Ronald McDonald House Perth and St John Ambulance
The livestock export industry’s annual charity auction has raised tens of thousands of dollars over many years in support of many important causes like the McGrath Foundation, Beyond Blue, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Royal Far West and the Rawinala Foundation in Indonesia.
The conference and dinner will be hosted by the Western Australian Livestock Exporters’ Association (WALEA), in conjunction with the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) and the Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp).
To register for LIVEXchange 2017 or for further details, visit: https://livexchangeconference.com.au/