Hockey India has become the latest to contribute and help Australia as they look to get over the deadly bushfires that have claimed over 20 lives besides destroying multiple homes and killing countless animals. The unprecedented bushfires have seen the sporting world stand in unison and contribute to the nation as it looks to rebuild after the deadly fires ravaged Australia earlier this year.
Hockey India is the latest to contribute to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, sending Hockey Australia an autographed jersey of the Indian team so that it can be put up for auction and raise money. They have also donated $25,000 USD towards the Appeal.
Appreciating the gesture by their counterparts, Melanie Woosnam, President of Hockey Australia, along with Matt Favier, the CEO, shot out a letter to Mohammad Mushtaque Ahmad, President of Hockey India, and Elena Norman, the CEO, thanking them for the help and support.
“We really appreciate your support towards Hockey Australia’s fundraising efforts for the recent bushfires,” the letter read. “The signed India team jerseys will soon be included on our auction platform and there is no doubt that the generous support of $25,000 USD towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal will be very well received.”
“Your thoughts and kind words have been well received by our Board and staff at Hockey Australia, Your support reinforces the strength of relationship between Australia and India including our shared love for the sport of hockey,” the letter continued. “Thank you once again for reaching out to Hockey Australia and we wish you all the very best for 2020.”
The unprecedented fires have impacted Australia, affecting livestock along with families living near the forests as well. Recently, cricketer Sunil Gavaskar too donated to the Bushfire Appeal, and the gesture of sportsmen coming forward to contribute and help their rival country in the time of need re-emphasizes what sports is all about.