Star Aussie opener Chris Lynn initiated a donation for the raging menace that is the Australian bushfires by pledging $250 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal for every six that he hits for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.
Hey Guys, for every six I hit in this years Big Bash League I will donate $250 towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. It is special to see so many athletes from various sports getting in behind the real heroes who are fighting to save lives and properties around our country 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9MVwNg81GE— Chris Lynn (@lynny50) January 2, 2020
Following the opener’s announcement, Melbourne Stars’ skipper, Glenn Maxwell also joined suit, matching the same amount that Lynn pledged for each six. Maxwell had also previously become a hero when he reacted quickly to put out a bushfire near the team hotel, along with teammate Dale Steyn.
Love it Lynny!!— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 2, 2020
I’ll match you on $250 per six I hit in this years BBL. Great cause which is helping so many people around the country who are doing it tough right now. 🙏 https://t.co/hcJea0B6hh
Also joining the duo was explosive left-handed batsman D’Arcy Short, who plays for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL and was also added to the Australian side for the upcoming ODI series against India.
Alright I am gonna jump on board and match @lynny50 and @Gmaxi_32 with $250 for every six I hit in the big bash league aswell to donate Red Cross and help those that are doing it tough. https://t.co/43M0CkAejY— D'Arcy Short (@ShortDarcy) January 3, 2020
Glenn Maxwell then put out an Instagram post, collating the trio’s pledges and counting the number of sixes each of them have hit in the Big Bash League so far. He also thanked the firefighters for the incredible effort they put in.
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Lets hope to see the 3 of us raising some much needed money to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal! With so many Australians going through turmoil at the moment, we need to be doing everything we can to help and support those in desperate need. To the brave firefighters who continue to battle to save homes, forests, towns and most importantly families, we thank you for your amazing efforts! 🙏 Current six count CL: 12 GM: 9 DS: 2... good luck tonight @shortyjnr23 Weldone @lynny_50 for starting us off, and great work to all the other athletes in different codes who have pledged also! #aussiefamily
The bushfires have been a big problem in Australia for many years now and has been especially severe this year, with several people losing their lives in the process. A BBL game between the Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers had to be abandoned due to poor visibility and extreme smog caused by bushfires.
Several people have spoken up against the issue and Australia Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has been criticized for his reactions, with people refusing to shake his hand when he visited a community recently.
Meanwhile, Chris Lynn hit an unbeaten 88 off 55 balls for the Brisbane Heat against the Hobart Hurricanes, an innings which included three sixes, making the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal richer by $750, and it can further swell its donations when D’Arcy Short bats later in the innings.
Feature image courtesy: Twitter / @lynny50