Aussie Sports Stars Step Up To Raise Money For Bushfire Relief
Australian sportsmen and women from all codes have a new reason to perform at their absolute best, pledging donations to bushfire relief efforts based on their own achievements.
From tennis to horseracing and everything in between -- here's how our sport starts are helping our firefighters, fire-ravaged communities, and wildlife during the bushfire crisis.
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Tennis Australia has announced an AO Rally for Relief exhibition match at Rod Laver Arena on 15 January. The world’s best players will take to the court to raise funds for bushfire relief and recovery efforts prior to the Australian Open.
Tickets are not yet available but more information can be found here.
Proceeds from the AO Live Stage concert with Jessica Mauboy on Sunday 19, January will be donated to the Red Cross appeal, with additional artists announced in the coming days.
Several tennis players have also pledged to personally donate the following:
- Nick Kyrgios: $200 for every ace
- Dylan Alcott: $100 for every ace
- Samantha Stosur: $200 for every ace
- John Millman: $100 for every ace
- Alex De Minaur: $250 for every ace
- Katie Boulter: $100 for every ace
- John Peers: $100 for every ace
Australia's cricketers will auction off signed shirts from the Boxing Day Test, while Cricket Australia announced it will throw open the gates to firefighters during two SCG one-dayers against New Zealand in March.
Plus, Mitchell Starc Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson will each donate $1000 for every wicket they take in the third Test against NZ at the SCG.
Big Bash League players will also personally donate the following:
- Peter Siddle: $200 every wicket taken
- Adam Zampa: $200 every wicket taken
- Kane Richardson: $200 every wicket taken
- Glenn Maxwell: $250 per six
- Chris Lynn: $250 per six
- Fawad Ahmed: $250 for each six and wicket
- D'Arcy short: $250 for every six
Melbourne A-League clubs, Victory, City, and Western United, will donate $2 from every ticket sold at their matches this weekend.
You can buy tickets for both games here.
- Damien Lane: $250 for every winner he rides in January
- Tommy Berry: $250 for every winner he rides in January
- $500 will be donated for every try scored by the Aussie 7s teams over the weekend of February 1-2.
Wallaby winger Reece Hodge has created a 'lucky draw' with a Wallabies World Cup 2019 jersey signed by the entire squad and a pair of his signed match worn boots up for grabs.
"Every donation of $50 counts as 1 entry in the draw ... Just put your Instagram account handle in the donation message and I’ll contact the winner via direct message on Tuesday 7th January," he wrote on his Instagram post.
NBA-bound LaMelo Ball, who plays for Illawarra Hawks in the NBL, has pledged to donate one month of his salary to help victims of the devastating fires.