Shane Warne is putting one of his most prized possessions up for sale to raise money for bushfire relief efforts.
The King of Spin has joined the ever growing list of athletes and celebrities to pitch in, with Warne to put his baggy green cap up for sale, with all proceeds to be donated to the Bushfire Appeal.
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The cap, which Warne wore throughout his decorated Test career, will come with an autographed certificate of authenticity.
The website hosting the auction crashed soon after due to the massive amount of fans looking to place a bid.
The Warney baggy green cap auction site has crashed!— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 6, 2020
Warney broke the internet #AUSvNZ
Since then, the Baggy Green has raised more than $300,000.
Cricketers and athletes around the world praised Warne’s selfless act to give up such a prized possession.
This is incredible .. My bid is 25k Aussie Dollars .. 👍 https://t.co/ByOkzJDkGO— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 6, 2020
Awesome Warnie!— Ryan Fox (@ryanfoxgolfer) January 6, 2020
👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽— Trent Copeland (@copes9) January 6, 2020
Warne’s gesture is the latest in an outpouring of support from Australian athletes in particular, which was kicked off when Nick Kyrgios announced he would donate $200 for every ace he hits during the summer.
Australia’s cricketers have also gotten in on the act.
Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins are donating $1000 for every wicket they take this summer, while Brisbane Heat slogger Chris Lynn has pledged $250 for every six he hits in the Big Bash League this season.
Lynn’s pledge was soon matched by Melbourne Stars counterpart Glenn Maxwell.
Ash Barty has pledged to donate all her winnings from the Brisbane International this week, which could tally $360,000 should she win the tournament.
Kyrgios’ followers - including John Millman - commended him for the idea and also called upon Tennis Australia to act.
“There’s a lot more important things than tennis.. terrible seeing the devastating effect this fire season has had,” Millman said.
“The Australians out there fighting them are true blue Aussie heroes and our attention should be on them.”
World shocked by extent of bushfire disaster
Surfing legend Kelly Slater has joined the long line of international personalities drawing attention to Australia’s bushfire crisis.
The 47-year-old pro, who has visited the country countless times in his surfing career, took to Instagram to share his shock and sadness the images that have emerged from the ongoing bushfire disaster.
Slater posted an image of a kangaroo joey, which had perished after appearing to become tangled in a wire fence as it attempted to escape the flames.
“I’m not sure a picture could better sum up the fear and devastation more succinctly,” Slater wrote alongside his image.
“I hope there is a silver lining and important lessons learned from the ongoing catastrophes once the dust settles.”