“Seeing all of the stuff on the news, and how devastating it was, and the damage left behind for communities, got the boys thinking about how we could help,” All Blacks loose forward Sam Cane said.
“When we saw that Shane Warne had raised over one million dollars by donating his baggy green (Australian cricket cap), we realised we could raise more money by donating our own All Blacks jerseys which are incredibly special to us.”
Although Shane Warne’s baggy green cap went to the highest bidder, it was important for the team that everyone who donated had an equal chance of winning one of the 12 jerseys donated by Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Jack Goodhue, Richie Mo’unga, Anton Lienert-Brown, Aaron Smith, George Bridge, Codie Taylor, Liam Coltman, Brodie Retallick, Ardie Savea and Dane Coles.
“I’ve done things for charity in the past and people have said they can’t afford the items but would still like to help. So, what we’ve done here is to give everyone an equal crack at getting one of the jerseys,” Cane said.
“We’ve created a give-a-little page and will give away one jersey per day. Everyone that donates at least $10 on a certain day (and answers a simple question) will go in the daily draw to win one of the jerseys.”
With all proceeds being split between the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Cane is hopeful the funds raised will have a positive impact on affected communities.
“We don’t hear as much about the bushfires on the news anymore, but the devastation left behind remains for communities across Australia. Houses have been lost, wildlife has been destroyed, and for some people their life won’t be the same again.
“As New Zealanders we all feel for our mates across the ditch and want to support them through what is going to be a long and hard road to recovery,” Cane said.
To donate to the All Blacks Australian Bushfire Appeal, visit the Give-a-little page HERE.
“For me an All Blacks jersey is a representation of the hard work, dedication and effort that has gone into earn one. It is extremely special. I want to thank everyone who has put a jersey up and everyone who donates for what is a very important cause,” Cane said
To be eligible for the daily draw, each donation of $10 must include the correct answer to a simple trivia question.
Follow the All Blacks social media channels (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) to find out the daily question. Proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.