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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.

For more on the bushfire crisis, check out our LIVE BLOG

TENNIS

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.

The Australian team cheer on Alex de Minaur of Australia in his match against Alexander Zverev of Germany during day one of the 2020 ATP Cup Group Stage. Image: Getty

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Nick Kyrgios has teared up after winning his first match at the ATP Cup in Brisbane as he spoke about the Australian bushfire crisis.

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

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Nick Kyrgios has teared up after winning his first match at the ATP Cup in Brisbane as he spoke about the Australian bushfire crisis.

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CRICKET

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.

Peter Siddle of the Strikers celebrates on December 31, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. Image: Getty

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

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A fundraiser for volunteer firefighters set up by Australian comedian Celeste Barber has surpassed $30 million -- and donations don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

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SOCCER

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.

Melbourne City and Western United team line up prior to the round 13 A-League match between Melbourne City and Western United at AAMI Park on January 03, 2020. Image: Getty

HORSE RACING

  • Damien Lane: $250 for every winner he rides in January
  • Tommy Berry: $250 for every winner he rides in January

RUGBY 7's

  • $500 will be donated for every try scored by the Aussie 7s teams over the weekend of February 1-2.  

RUGBY UNION

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.

You can donate the $50 here and leave your handle as a comment on his Instagram page here.

The signed Wallabies Jersey and boots. Image: Instagram @reecehodge
Reece Hodge of Australia takes on Elliot Daly of England during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match. Image: Getty

BASKETBALL

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.

LaMelo Ball of the Hawks drives against Finn Delany of the Breakers during the round 9 NBL match. Image: Getty

With AAP.