In these times where modern day sports stars are paid salaries that beggar belief it is refreshing to see so many coming to the aid of Queensland’s flood victims.
Socceroo and Everton striker Tim Cahill, has put on offer on ebay flights to the UK seats in his box at Goodison Park to watch Everton play as well as a collection of signed memorabilia. At the time of writing bidding is already over AUD25k.
Australian cricket fans may well have booed Kevin Peterson during this summer’s Ashes series but he is offering tickets airfares and accommodation to the one day international between England and Australia in Perth, along with his shirt and a bat from the Ashes series.
Tennis star Andy Roddick has pledged AUD10k, the AFL have promised $500k, while the Queensland Reds brothers Saia and Anthony Faingaa have agreed to donate their match fees from their first Super 15 match this year, and have urged other players to do the same. The ARU has reacted and agreed to donate $50k.
This has been good to see when so many sportsmen are accused of being greedy and living lifestyles that are excessive.
The Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has pledged the national team’s support for the flood victims and has said that the squad will look to raise cash to help financial appeals. Which will come as a relief to football fans as news that they had donated a signed shirt for auction left many very disappointed that they could not do more.
Let us hope this generousity continues.