Mat Ryan to donate AU$500 for every Premier League save in wake of Australian bushfires

Mat Ryan to donate money for every goal saved in the Premier League this weekend

Brighton’s Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has vowed to donate AU$500 (£262/€308) for every save made in the Premier League this weekend towards bushfire relief efforts Down Under. 

Ryan’s country has been in the grips of a bushfire crisis for weeks now with a number of lives lost and surrounding wildlife left devastated.  Having grown up in Sydney and now a regular for the Socceroos, Ryan is eager to offer his support and will be hoping he and other Premier League keepers can pull off a number of saves over the next few days.

 The Seagulls’ number one will be hoping his fellow shot-stoppers can step up this weekend as he raises money for an important cause.

Cutie Pie, an orphan koala, is being cared for by Mallcoota resident Sue Johns. His mother died in the fires.

In New South Wales, the state neighboring Victoria, ecologists estimate that as many as half a billion animals may have been affected by the fires, with millions potentially killed. That figure includes birds, reptiles, and mammals, except bats. It also excludes insects and frogs — meaning the true number is likely much higher.

There are fears that some species may not recover, entering a terminal decline, such is the degree to which the fires have ravaged their populations.

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Toni C. Eastwood