Kiwi pacer Tim Southee shows a great philanthropic gesture as he puts his World Test Championship jersey for auction to help an 8-year-old girl named Hollie Beattie fight Cancer. The 8-year-old is suffering from a rare type of cancer known as Neuroblastoma. The New Zealand pacer has shown a kind gesture by auctioning his memorable signed jersey of the WTC final. Notably, Southee got to know about Hollie’s story a couple of years back and has been wanting the help the little girl since then. The 32-year-old took to social media to share about the same, as he posted a picture of his jersey along with a heartfelt caption mentioning Hollie’s story and urging people to bid for the jersey in order to help the Beattie family.
“I’m hopeful that this shirt can help contribute in some way to the Beattie family”- Southee
While sharing the post on Instagram, Southee expressed that he is hopeful that auctioning his jersey will help in Hollie’s medical treatment and the Beattie family to an extent. "This auction is for one of my Test worn shirts from the ICC World Test Championship Final against India signed by the full WTC squad. All proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting Hollie Beattie and her ongoing medical treatment,” mentioned Southee.
He also added that as a parent, his heart goes out to them as they battle the deadly disease. "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," the Kiwi pacer wrote.
Notably, the pacer gave an all-round performance with the bat and the ball in the WTC final, picking 5 for 112 and scoring substantial 30 runs that allowed New Zealand to take the vital lead in the 1st innings.