Barty to give Bris­bane win­nings to Aus­tralia bush­fire vic­tims

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World num­ber one Ash Barty will do­nate all her win­nings from this week’s Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional to the red Cross to help the vic­tims of Aus­tralia’s bush­fire cri­sis.

Barty re­vealed on Sun­day that she had al­ready do­nated Aus$30,000 to the royal So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals to help with in­jured wildlife, af­ter see­ing the ef­fects of the fires back in Novem­ber.

But she has now de­cided to do more and will give her Bris­bane win­nings – po­ten­tially $250,000 -- to the red Cross.

“I think for me this started two or three months ago. We have to re­mem­ber, this has been go­ing on for a long time across our whole coun­try,” Barty said.

“And the first I saw of it was ac­tu­ally fly­ing home from the Fed Cup fi­nal from Perth back to the east coast of Aus­tralia and we could see some of the smoke and some of the fires from the plane, so that re­ally hit home,” she added.

“Ob­vi­ously the worst of it is still out there at the mo­ment.”

Barty en­joyed a stel­lar 2019, win­ning the French Open and the WTA Fi­nals on her way to be­com­ing the first Aus­tralian women’s num­ber one since Evonne Goolagong Caw­ley in 1976.

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