New Zealand team have autographed a match shirt from the historic Test win over Australia in Hobart and donated it raise funds for the Starship Foundation.
The team has given the autographed shirt to New Zealand Cricket sponsor ANZ, who will now auction it on Trade Me to raise money for the children’s health charity.
ANZ New Zealand chief executive David Hisco says, “The BLACKCAPS have made cricket history and have been generous enough to literally give us the shirt off their back for charity. As long-term supporters of New Zealand Cricket we thought what better way to celebrate this win than to donate to a New Zealand charity that does such great work for children in their hour of need.
“Ross has described the win as an early Christmas present to the nation. The signed shirt will make a great Christmas present for someone, and the funds raised will give something back to the community as many families face difficulties in the lead up to the festive season.
“Our cricketers do a lot for children and we felt that donating to a children’s cause would fit well with this. The Starship Air Ambulance can be the difference between life and death for critically ill children and we are proud to support it.”
Peter Dwan, commercial manager for New Zealand Cricket, says “Having secured a memorable victory on the pitch, this is a fantastic way for the players and New Zealand
“Cricket to help make someone’s Christmas, while supporting a great New Zealand cause in the form of the Starship Air Ambulance.”
Those interested in buying the shirt can place bids on Trade Me at www.trademe.co.nz/sports/cricket or by searching ‘ANZ Charity Cricket Shirt’.
Funds raised will go towards Starship’s national Air Ambulance Service, which flies top medical experts to life-threatening emergencies across New Zealand. The money will fund support including staff training and aviation costs.