Melbourne, May 3: Cricket Australia has matched Pat Cummins and Brett Lee’s respective donations to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis in India as the governing body announced Monday it had partnered with UNICEF.
Along with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, CA is encouraging Australians to donate to UNICEF’s COVID-19 Crisis Appeal as India’s health system struggles with the highest daily case load of any country since the start of the global pandemic.
Donations will be spent on providing oxygen to seriously ill patients, providing testing equipment in affected regions as well as supporting the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.
CA has made an initial donation of A$50,000, matching similar contributions from Cummins and Lee last week, amid a call for Australians to also give generously. Cummins and Lee are among a nearly 40-strong Australian contingent currently in India for the ongoing Indian Premier League, which is being played in a bio-secure bubble.
“Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love of cricket is central to that friendship,” CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said.
“We were all deeply moved by the sentiments expressed and donations given by Pat Cummins and Brett Lee over the past week.
“In that same spirit, we are proud to partner with UNICEF Australia to raise funds that will help the people of India by providing the health system with much needed oxygen, testing equipment and vaccines.”