Friday, December 26, 2014

New Zealand Cricket Team Donate Kits and Funds for Victims of Peshawar School Massacre

In a rare and unteachable expression of grief the New Zealand cricket team has donated their kits and match earnings for the survivors of the Peshawar APS massacre. The announcement was made after the ODI series played between Pakistan and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates. 

The Army Public School (APS) located in Peshawar came under a terrorist attack on 16th December by six gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The militants, all of whom were foreign nationals, included one Chechen, three Arabs and two Afghans.They entered the school and opened fire on school staff and children,killing 149 people including 132 schoolchildren. Some say it was it was the world's fourth deadliest school massacre.

Moved by the suffering of the survivors and families, New Zealand's Kane Williamson and Adam Milne have donated thousands of dollars in match fees to the families of the Pakistan terror attack victims. The gesture moved every Pakistani and thanked the selfless and unique gesture.

This was revealed by Pakistani teammate Younis Khan, who said that the New Zealand players and officials handed over some donations and kit bags to him, which would be delivered when he would go to Peshawar. He added that New Zealand skipper Williamson gave all five ODIs match fees, while fast bowler Milne gave away his income of one match.
{Photo AFP/ISPR]

Post Script: Later on 30th December, Younis Khan visited Peshawar and met the survivors in the hospital and met their families and delivered the kits and donations.

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