Shared News| January 3, 2020 9:58:39 am
Fires have also been burning in Western Australia, South Australia, and Tasmania. (Twitter/YuvrajSingh)
The massive devastation caused by the bushfires in Australia has mellowed the build-up to the Pink Test between Australia and New Zealand and the sports fraternity is attempting to raise money to assist those affected by the tragedy.
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.
Australian tennis players have announced they will raise funds for those affected. Nick Kyrgios kicked it off by pledging $200 (140 USD) for each ace he serves. 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
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.
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.”
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)