World Cricket Comes to the Party for the Tsunami Victims
On very short notice, cricketers from all over the world gathered yesterday to do a charity match. “Asia” vs “The Rest of the World”.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground was filled (70,101 people) and watched in over 120 countries.
And we were treated to a ripper of a game, with some of the current greats, along with sponsors also coming to the party with donations for things like Toyota giving AUS$50,000 for every 6 hit (ball over the boundary on the full) up to a limit of AUS$500,000; and “3” donating AUS$1,000 per run scored on the day (the ended up donating AUS$576,000).
The highlight for me was watching Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara bat together, scoring 122 runs from 130 balls, with some magnificent batting. Lara ended up with 52 and Ponting 115.
Travelex played a huge role in getting the cricketers (who appeared for no match fee) together.
The important end of the evening was the presentation of a cheque for more than AUS$14.6 million dollars to World Vision. The organisers had been expecting to raise AUS$5 million.
There is still more to be raised. The players shirts (signed) are up for auction on ebay.com.au along with the coin used for the toss. When I looked the coin was at AUS$400,1000, Shane Warne’s shirt was at AUS$143,500!
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Well done everyone!