The Australian men’s cricket team has given prize money from a recent trip to Sri Lanka, which is experiencing its greatest economic crisis, in yet another act of kindness. Cricket Australia acknowledged the news on Twitter. Through UNICEF Australia, the donated funds will be used to assist the families and children who have been impacted by the disaster.

The money will fund projects at @unicefaustralia that support services for mental health, clean drinking water, nutrition, and healthcare.

The team will contribute a total of $45,000 to the organization’s Sri Lanka appeal, following the board’s request. The men’s squad visited Sri Lanka in June and July of this year for an all-format trip, where they got a firsthand look at the situation there.

Australia Test captain Pat Cummins described the incident in a video that cricket.com.au posted while the squad was still in the island country.

“You couldn’t avoid yesterday’s demonstration. We often get messages from family and friends asking how we are doing and wishing us well. We have felt fantastic. It was pretty audible when it transitioned from a protest to a party. and engaging in conversation with a few hotel staff members and a few drivers. They are working quite hard. They attempt to feed their children while having one day of eating and one day without eating. It’s quite difficult,” he remarked.

Australia has before donated money to help a cause that is more important than sports. To aid India in its battle against a devastating COVID-19 wave in 2021 that also caused the Indian Premier League to be suspended in the middle of the season, Cummins and Cricket Australia had previously contributed $50,000 for oxygen supplies to India.

Australia won the T20Is 2-1 during their tour of Sri Lanka, but the hosts bounced back to win the ODIs 3-2, and the two-match Test series ended in a 1-1 draw.