New Zealand Cricket Tsunami Relief Fund 23 Jan 2005
OVER $500,000 RAISED AT THE FIRST ‘NEW ZEALAND CRICKET TSUNAMI RELIEFT FUND’BLACKCAPS vs. FICA WORLD XI
Christchurch sun was shining upon us all on Saturday, and especially so for BLACKCAPS captain Stephen Fleming scoring 106 runs including 10 fours ($1,000 each) and 9 sixes ($5,000 each) from only 57 balls.
With 20,194 spectators, it was the biggest crowd Jade Stadium has at a cricket match for years and a mammoth $506,233 was raised including $119, 360 from the government, who sponsored every run, four and six scored in the match.
At-ground collections, an 0800 line, text donations, sponsored catches and auction bids all contributed to the half-million dollar tally.
NZC chief executive, Martin Snedden, described the day’s collection as a good start towards the targeted $1 million Tsunami Relief Fund effort.
“The generosity of New Zealanders has once again been evident and we are thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity for people to contribute to the Relief Fund,” he said.
Proceeds from the NZC Tsunami Relief Fund will be donated to World Vision and Cricket Aid, the Sri Lanka Cricket relief initiative.