The massive devastation caused by the bushfires in Australia has sent shock waves in the entire world and the sports fraternity is attempting to raise money to assist those affected by the tragedy.
Australian tennis players announced they would raise funds for those affected. Nick Kyrgios kicked it off by pledging $200 (140 USD) for each ace he served. Alex de Minaur, who will star alongside the world No. 30 at the upcoming ATP Cup, also joined the chorus.
“I like this I will go $250 (175 USD) per ace, just because I don’t think I’ll be hitting as many aces as you mate,” de Minaur wrote on Twitter.
Australian Tennis Players have decided to raise funds for those affected by Australian bush fires.
— The SportsGram (@TheSportsGram) January 2, 2020
Cricketing greats Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and others will come out of retirement for a charity game featuring Australia’s former superstar cricketers on February 8. The Ponting XI vs Warne XI to be played on February 8 is among other initiatives announced by CA on Sunday to support the bushfire victims.
Cricket Australia has announced that two one-day international matches between Australia and New Zealand at the SCG in March will raise funds for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to help those affected by the fires. Cricket David Warner also shared a photo that showed the situation on ground.
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I just saw this pic and I’m still in shock. When we go out to play tomorrow, not just the Australian team, but New Zealand as well, we never forget how privileged we are to live where we do and to do what we do. My heart, my family’s heart, are with you. These fires are beyond words. To every Firefighter, volunteer to every family, we are with you. You are the real heroes. You do us proud.
Australia’s T20 stars Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn also announced that they will donate 250 dollars for every six they hit in the ongoing Big Bash League.
Hey Guys, for every six I hit in this years Big Bash League I will donate $250 towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. It is special to see so many athletes from various sports getting in behind the real heroes who are fighting to save lives and properties around our country 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9MVwNg81GE
— Chris Lynn (@lynny50) January 2, 2020
Love it Lynny!!
I’ll match you on $250 per six I hit in this years BBL. Great cause which is helping so many people around the country who are doing it tough right now. 🙏 https://t.co/hcJea0B6hh
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 2, 2020
Alright I am gonna jump on board and match @lynny50 and @Gmaxi_32 with $250 for every six I hit in the big bash league aswell to donate Red Cross and help those that are doing it tough. https://t.co/43M0CkAejY
— D’Arcy Short (@ShortDarcy) January 3, 2020
Tennis Australia said Thursday it planned to announce some fund-raising initiatives for the bushfire victims at the ATP Cup and at the Australian Open.
Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne is auctioning off his Baggy Green to raise money for victims of Australia’s devastating bushfires. Warne, Australia’s most prolific Test wicket-taker and arguably the greatest spin bowler of all time, made the announcement on Monday at the SCG during the third Domain Test between Australia and New Zealand.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 6, 2020
Australian captain Paine and Lyon visited Wingello, a town of about 500 people in hard-hit New South Wales, on Wednesday, days after it was devastated by the flames. The pair walked through the charred shells of houses and past burnt-out vehicles and met rescue crews and residents.
“It’s been a really special day for us, to come down and see some of the devastation and see the size of the fire that has come through places like this has been absolutely mind-blowing,” said Paine. “When you do see it, you realise … the flat-out bravery of our firemen and women that have come out here to try and save lives and save properties. It has been an unbelievable effort, so we thought it was really important to come here and say ‘thank you’. It has been a really special day, a really humbling day.”
Australian Cricketers Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon took time out from their busy schedule to visit fire affected areas of NSW, including Wingello in the Southern Highlands. It was a welcome distraction for firefighters still working on the fire ground. @CricketAus @FRNSW #NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/flrLhNuc60
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 8, 2020
Huge boost for the team here at #NSWRFS State Ops, with a visit from our Australian Cricket Champions, Captain Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon. They’ve taken time out to visit some of firefighters and affected areas today. We were all a little ‘bowled over’ really. Thanks fellas pic.twitter.com/5da1a4cOcT
— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) January 8, 2020
Former India allrounder Yuvraj Singh also took to Twitter and wrote, “Australia has burnt more than 12million acres this season, they r not even halfway through its peak fire season. Tragic news on #bushfiresAustralia 480 million animals has been lost. This is the culmination of climate change it’s time v take some action. Prayers for all affected.”
Australia has burnt more than 12million acres this season, they r not even halfway thr its peak fire season. Tragic news on #bushfiresAustralia 480 million animals have been lost. This is culmination of climate change it’s time v take some action. Prayers for all affected pic.twitter.com/GWLUfDAzBt
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 2, 2020
The early and devastating start to Australia’s summer wildfires has been rated as the worst on record. More than 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land have been destroyed and at least 17 people have been killed so far. (Here’s why it’s particularly bad this year)
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