Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan vows to donate £263 for every Premier League save this weekend to Australian bushfire emergency fund
Brighton keeper Mat Ryan has vowed to donate £263 to the Australian bushfire emergency fund for every save made in the Premier League this weekend.
Huge parts of Australia have been ravaged by fires with 27 people killed and more than 2,000 homes destroyed.
And Ryan, born in Plumpton, New South Wales, has offered his support during this incredibly difficult period, with every save in top flight games from January 10-12 resulting in extra money being raised for the emergency fund.
He posted on Twitter: “In light of the devastation caused by the bushfires back home, I’m donating 500 Australian dollars for every registered save by all Premier League goalkeepers across every Premier League fixture for this weekend.
“I’ve chosen to donate to the WIRES Wildlife Rescue emergency fund. Thank you to all for your support thus far and as a nation we really do appreciate your gratitude and generosity.
“However there continues to be homes lost, lives of both people and animals lost or in danger, along with whole communities, businesses and more.”
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has also pledged his support, donating more than £380,000 to support fire and animal rescue services working on the Australian bushfire crisis.
The 35-year-old Mercedes driver wrote on Instagram: “It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault.
“My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction.
“I’m lucky enough to visit Australia often and I know first-hand how beautiful the country is.
“Keep fighting Australia. I’ve spent some time speaking to people in Australia who are working at the heart of this and I’m filled with admiration for everything they are doing.”
A number of other sports stars have also donated or pledged to raise funds, including Nick Kyrgios, Shane Warne and Neil Robertson.