With the help of the PSA World Tour professionals, and the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, the PSA Foundation has been able to raise AUD $9,500 for the Australian bushfire appeal.
With fires continuing to spread across Australia, and with several players on the PSA World Tour heralding from the nation, the PSA Foundation and the wider squash community felt compelled to try and help out the bushfire appeal.
Plenty of PSA World Tour players got involved with the efforts, with the likes of Ali Farag, Aliso Waters, Cameron Pilley, Chris Hanson, David Palmer, Greg Lobban, Nick Matthew, Paul Coll, Ryan Cuskelly and Saurav Ghosal, along with the SquashTV commentary team, all putting forward quality auction pieces which members of the public could bid on, with the money raised all going to the bushfire appeal.
Those players all put forward their own time to provide both individual and group coaching sessions, and pieces of signed kit and memorabilia, with tickets for the 2021 Tournament of Champions final also part of the auction, along with the unique chance to be part of the SquashTV commentary team for the day.
Overall, the auction pieces, along with other donations, raised $3,953.25 for the appeals. In addition to that, Squash Engine, the team behind the Tournament of Champions, along with other American events on the PSA World Tour, donated $1,000 to the appeal themselves, bringing the total raised to $4,953.25, equalling AUD $7,350.
The PSA Foundation themselves then raised and donated a further $1475.92, equalling AUD $2,150, to take the total raised to AUD $9,500.
The PSA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Professional Squash Tour. They are on a mission to grow squash by supporting the professional players, developing international grassroots programmes, boosting participation through equality and celebrating our global squash community. Check them out on their website: https://psafoundation.com/