New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has put his World Test Championship final jersey on auction, signed by the entire Black Caps squad to help raise funds for an eight-year-old girl suffering from a rare form of cancer.
An eight-year-old girl, named Hollie Beattie, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma in 2018. Southee, who played an instrumental role in leading New Zealand to victory in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final, decided to put his shirt on auction to help in the treatment of the kid. He posted about the same on his Instagram account. The Black Caps also shared the information on Twitter.
“Hey guys, I am auctioning off one of my shirts from the @icc World Test Championship Final to support @hopeforhollie. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Beattie family,” Tim Southee wrote on his Instagram post.
“My family first learnt about Hollie’s story a couple of years ago through the cricket community and I have always been struck by the Beattie family’s perseverance, strength and positive attitude. Since hearing that Hollie required more treatment I have been trying to find a way to support in some small way.
“I am hopeful that this shirt can help contribute in someway to the Beattie family’s ongoing medical needs as Hollie continues to fight. As a parent my heart goes out to them as they battle on.
“The Beattie family’s strength serves as a great reminder that whatever we may go through on the cricket field with success and failure it’s nothing compared to the challenges faced by those suffering with their health like Hollie.”
Tim Southee learnt about the disease of the girl two years back and has been trying to help her since then.