Tim Southee, the Black Caps pace bowler is auctioning off one of his shirts from the World Test Championship final to raise money for a brave young girl and her family.
Tim Southee has put up one of his jerseys – signed by the entire team – in the hopes of raising funds for eight-year-old Hollie Beattie.
Tim Southee Who Took 5 Wickets In The WTC Final Auctioning Jersey To Raise Funds For A Girl Batling Cancer
Hollie Beattie was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma in 2018 and her family has been fighting with her since.
“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,” Tim Southee said on the jersey’s auction page.
“Since hearing that Hollie required more treatment I have been trying to find a way to support in some small way,” said Tim Southee.
Tim Southee was instrumental in the eight-wicket win over India in Southampton last week in the WTC final, taking five wickets in the match of which four came in the crucial second innings.
“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.”
“In April, their worst fears were realized when cancer in Hollie’s bone marrow relapsed and she had to be removed from the trial that she was already on,” Hollie’s Givealittle page says.
“The impact on the family left them devastated once again, but this time they were apart and unable to support each other in person. Thankfully Hollie is in Spain where the latest treatments are available in the form of immunotherapy for relapsed Neuroblastoma in bone marrow, but of course the family is now facing astronomical costs again for the treatment and their stay in Spain is likely to extend towards the end of this year.”
“The strain they are under is unfathomable. It has been indicated that the new immunotherapy treatment will cost in the region of $300,000, which is an overwhelming amount to be faced with yet again. We’ve done it before, and as a team, we can do it again.”
The Kiwis made full use of the slender 32-run lead acquired in the first innings and the Kane Williamson-led side bundled out India cheaply in the second innings to get a target of just 139. The batsmen did not relent and in the end, the side walked away with a comfortable victory in the WTC Final. The architects of New Zealand’s victory were Kane Williamson(49 and 52*), Kyle Jamieson (5/31 in the 1st innings), and Tim Southee (4/48 in the 2nd innings).
Hollie Beattie’s Cause Supported By Martin Guptill And Tom Blundell
It’s not the first time a Black Cap has helped Hollie Beattie’s cause with batsman Martin Guptill last year using a special bat in a T20 against the West Indies, which he later auctioned off to help. To help raise awareness for Hope for Hollie campaign, Martin Guptill played with a customised Kookaburra bat decked out in her favourite colours in a New Zealand against West Indies match at Eden Park in Auckland in November 2020.