Packer donates millions

James Packer, son of the recently deceased Kerry Packer, has announced that he would be donating 10 million dollars to start a foundation that would help disadvantaged Australian cricketers.

Packer, who inherited a vast wealth from his father, the richest man in Australia, dedicated the foundation to his dad, a cricket lover who changed the face of the game with the introduction of World Series Cricket.

“My father loved cricket and he actually loved the people associated with the game, particularly the players,” he said.

“I am satisfied that this, in a small way, is something in which his love for the game can linger and provide some useful support for its participants and administrators.

“Today is an emotional day for me. A year ago today, my father died and our families were greatly honoured by the manner with which this ground and cricket in general honoured him by way of a minute’s silence.

“It was a moving ceremony for all of us at home and this is the best opportunity I have to publicly express my family’s gratitude.”

The Kerry Packer Foundation will assist any Australian cricketer that falls on hard times or needs extra support.

“It is also our intention for this fund to be used to assist promising young men and women who may be precluded from pursuing a career in cricket because of financial constraints.” Packer explained.

Kerry Packer died a year ago on Boxing day.

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