New Zealand — New Zealanders are rallying to help the victims of the bushfires in Victoria.
In true Anzac spirit, the Black Caps and Australians stood side by side, observing a minute’s silence before the potential Chappell Hadlee Series decider in Adelaide.
The home team donated their total game fee of $100,000 to bushfire victims, while the Kiwis gave a portion of theirs.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the people affected by this tragedy and hopefully the small part we can put towards it through New Zealand cricket and our own personal contribution helps in some way,” says Daniel Vettori, Black Caps skipper.
Back in New Zealand, the plight of Australia’s young fire victims so moved a Bay of Plenty mother that she has started an appeal for quality children’s clothes and toys.
“Just watching the children and thinking that could possibly have been my children and that really just made me want to help,” says Nicola Turner, mother.
Buoyed by local support, Turner aims to have a truck full of items packed for delivery to Auckland by Sunday night and Qantas has agreed to take things from there.
“I’m basically speaking to the Red Cross in Melbourne today to see where they want it to go,” says Turner.
The New Zealand Red Cross is also pleased with cash donations, which have topped $115,000.
“We play sport against them, watch them playing cricket and just to see those people affected like that has really encouraged people in New Zealand to assist where they can,” says Andrew McKie, Red Cross International operations manager.