New Zealand pace spearhead Tim Southee is auctioning a shirt he wore during the inaugural World Test Championship final to raise funds for the treatment of an eight-year-old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The shirt is signed by the entire Black Caps squad. Southee, who played a crucial role in New Zealand’s eight-victory over India in the marquee clash last week, has placed the memorabilia to raise funds for eight-year-old Hollie Beattie, who was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma back in 2018.
Tim Southee Auctions his WTC Jersey
The 32-year-old said he learned about Beattie`s condition a couple of years ago and has been trying to help her ever since.
“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,” Southee wrote on his Instagram.
“My family first learned 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,” he added.
Despite undergoing treatment for more than two years, Beattie is yet to recover from the disease. She is currently undergoing treatment in Spain. “I am hopeful that this shirt can help contribute in some way 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,” he added.
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