Fitzdares Vow To Donate Aus Open Winnings To Red Cross Bushfire Fund

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Private bookmaker Fitzdares has committed to donate all of the Australian Open 2020 winnings to the Red Cross, supporting victims and emergency services to counter the bush fires that impact Australia’s Gold Coast.

The announcement mirrors that of tennis player Nick Kyrgios who has pledged to donate $200 to the bush fire crisis for every ace he serves throughout the tennis season of the Australian summer.

Fitzdares CEO William Woodhams, speaking on the charitable initiative, explained: “It is important with an issue like this, with such global implications, that everyone rallies to help Australia.

“The fact that the sports world has become so involved is a huge factor for our inspiration. If Nick Kyrgios hadn’t started this movement, it is unlikely we would have taken part, so we would like to thank him for catalysing our belated pledge. Better late than never.”

The fires across Australia have killed at least 27 people since September, and have collectively burned more than 10.3 million hectares.

Woodhams has called on the broader sporting industry to help the local charities fight the bush fires. He went on to add: “We want the whole sports industry to contribute to this pressing case, and perhaps other bookmakers will follow suit. We are just a very small part of a huge and powerful movement. If someone wants to be cynical about charity, that is their burden.”

Shane Warne has helped raise one million Australian dollars in support of the cause since selling his famous “baggy green cap” at the auction, with the Australian Red Cross benefiting from all the funds raised. The cap was worn during his 145-Test career by the former Australia captain, who took 708 wickets in it.

Writing when the auction was launched Warne said: “Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and over 500 million animals have died too. Everyone is in this together and we continue to find ways to contribute and help on a daily basis.

“This has led me to auction of my beloved baggy green cap that I wore throughout my Test career (when I wasn’t wearing my white floppy hat).

“I hope my baggy green can raise some significant funds to help all those people that are in desperate need.”

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