New Zealand soccer player Tim Southey has decided to auction his final ICC World Test Championship jersey to raise funds for the treatment of an eight-year-old girl – Holly Betty, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Southee announced his kind gesture on Instagram on Tuesday. He indicated that the shirt would be auctioned to raise money and the money raised would be given to the Betty family. Holly Betty was diagnosed very strangely and very regressed from cancer in 2018.
He said on his Instagram, “Hey guys, I am auctioning one of my T-shirts from the ICC World Test Championship Final in support of @hopeforhollie. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Betty family.”
The shirt contains all the signatures of all the Kiwi players who were part of the winning team in the 2021 World Tennis Championships Final. Southie heard about her condition through campaigns as well as in the cricket community, so he decided to help her in every possible way.
As Southee mentioned in his letter, “My family first learned about Holly’s story a few years ago through the cricket community and I have always been amazed by the Betty family’s tenacity, strength and positive attitude. Since I heard Holly is asking for more treatment, I have been trying to find a way to provide support in a simple way.”
He also added, “I hope in some way this shirt will help meet the ongoing medical needs of the Betty family while Holly continues to fight. As a parent, my heart goes out to them as they continue to fight. Any show big or small is greatly appreciated!”
Southee was one of the principal architects in building the history of the WTC win for the Blackcaps. He was the leading wicketmaker for his team on the course.