The whole world is expressing grief and sadness over the present situation of Australian bushfires which left us all in disbelief. Since September 2019, bushfires in the country have been spreading fast and the severe impact these devastating fires are having on people is unthinkable. Several lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and millions of animals passed away.
Celebrities, athletes and leaders across the world did their bit by contributing something for the bushfire victims in this crisis. Among the several contributors, former legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne had announced that he would be auctioning his baggy green cap in order to increase funds for the bushfire victims.
Shane Warne’s Baggy Green cap alone managed to raise $1 million for bushfire appeal. The bidder for Shane Warne’s Baggy Green cap is none other than Commonwealth Bank, who splashed the cash to pay $1,007,500 for the prestigious cap. It should be noted that all this money will go help the bushfire victims in the need of the hour.
Earlier, there were reports claiming that the anonymous buyer who was mentioned on the auction house website as ‘MC of Sydney’ was former cricket captain Michael Clarke, who is also a close friend of Shane Warne.
Nonetheless, it has now been revealed that CommBank CEO Matt Comyn was the one who added that Baggy Green cap would be taken on a national tour to help raise much-needed funds for the bushfire victims before eventually being put on permanent exhibition at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.
CommBank CEO Matt Comyn said he is happy that Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been able to secure Shane Warne’s prestigious Baggy Green cap. “I am delighted that CBA has been able to secure Shane’s cherished Baggy Green cap,” Comyn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“This has not only raised another $1 million for bushfire relief, but it will also enable us to raise further funds for the bushfire appeal as the cap commences a fundraising tour across the country before retiring as a permanent exhibit at the Bradman Museum in Bowral to be enjoyed by all Australians and cricket fans.
“I want to thank and commend Shane for giving up one of his most cherished possessions for such an important cause. He has demonstrated the same Aussie spirit we are seeing across the country with acts of generosity and dedication throughout this disaster as communities rally to support each other,” he said.