Shivani Shukla ∙ Aug 11 2022, 11:53 AM

Australia donate money from SL tour to support children amid crisis

In a heart-warming gesture, Australian men’s cricketers have extended a helping hand to the crisis-hit Sri Lanka by donating their prize money from their tour of the Island Nation to support the people affected by the economic and political crisis in the country. 

image-l6oz4kh8Sri Lankan fans during the last match of the tour

Notably, Sri Lanka is under the grip of bizarre economic turmoil – the worst the people of the country have faced in seven decades. Amid the worsening conditions, the Australian cricketers, earlier in June-July visited the nation for the multi-format bilateral series.

After seeing the sufferings of Sri Lankans, the Aussie players have decided to donate their winning amounts to organisations that will provide food, water, education, and healthcare to 1.7 million children in need. 

Australia's Test captain Pat Cummins who is also the UNICEF Australia ambassador, and white-ball skipper Aaron Finch along with other teammates will donate A$45,000 to the organization’s Sri Lanka appeal. 

"It was very clear to us how much day-to-day life for Sri Lankans is being impacted. When the team saw what was happening it was an easy decision to donate our prize money to UNICEF, who have been in Sri Lanka for more than 50 years supporting the needs of children and families,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Daily Mirror.

Cummins donation to India

Notably, this isn't the first time that the Australian cricket team has come out and extended helping hands for the one in need. A year ago, when India was in the grip of the dreadful Covid-19 virus, skipper Pat Cummins and Cricket Australia donated $50,000 for oxygen supplies. 

"Last year Australian cricketers got behind India in its time of crisis during the peak of the COVID-19 Delta wave and we thank them for again giving generously to help Sri Lankans impacted by the current crisis,” UNICEF Australia CEO Tony Stuart said. 

The donation by the Australia team and skipper Cummins will be used in providing nutrition, medical care, safe drinking water, education, and more services to the children of the subcontinent during these tough times.

Also Read: MI Cape Town announce first five signings for CSA T20 League