There can be no better way than celebrating your success with some benevolence. Several sportsperson in Australia will precisely be doing that for the victims of the New South Wales bush fires. The seven-day emergency in wake of the bushfire in New South Wales has impacted the Australian livelihood. The disaster has left many lives and homes destroyed and a vast area of land ravaged. Still, there is no end or respite in insight.
Australian tennis players and cricketers have declared to raise funds for the fire victims in a unique way. The money will flow in with their “ace” performances.
World No. 30, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has pledging A$ 200 (US$ 140 USD) for each ace he serves during his matches in January. Fellow Aussie Alex de Minaur, who will star alongside Kyrgios at the upcoming ATP Cup, has joined the chorus. Minaur along with John Millman have responded to Kyrgios’ call by vowing to donate A$250 and A$100 per ace respectively.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 2, 2020
Subsequent ATP Cup has announced that for every ace served in the competition A$100 will be donated to the Australian Red Cross bushfire relief efforts, with the total expected to exceed A$150,000.
Australia’s cricketers are also planning tributes and fund-raising. Australia’s T20 stars and Big Bash League captains, Brisbane Heat’s Chris Lynn and Melbourne Stars’ Glenn Maxwell, have both pledged A$250 for each six they hit in the competition.
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
Cricket Australia has also announced that there will be a fund-raising drive for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund during one-day matches between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney in March, while the team’s shirts from the Boxing Day Test win over the Black Caps are being auctioned off.
NBL star LaMelo Ball, who plays for Illawarra Hawks, pledged to donate one month of his salary to help victims of the devastating fires. “It’s sad to see what is happening on the south coast of Australia,” the American said in a statement. “People have lost their homes and everything they own. My parents taught me to help out wherever I can, so this is my way of helping out.”
Hosts Australia and New Zealand had worn black armbands in tribute to those affected by widespread bushfires in Australia when the teams met in Friday’s third Test in Sydney. There will also be a minute’s applause to honour the country’s firefighters.