When I get asked the question, and it is often, “What is Warney like?” I reply with the same response, “ I don’t know too many better blokes!” Shane is more than a “World Class” performer; he is a team man who has shared his ideas and experiences with both myself and the Saints leadership group whenever he was asked.
He has passed on his knowledge and way of thinking in the sporting arena and made it relevant to the code of AFL. His no compromise approach to competing is as legendary as his statistics, his determination and will to win against adversity, and his latest setbacks have again put him at the top of our country’s sporting heap.
I know Shane is very determined to do his very best for the groups that work hands on with seriously ill and underprivileged children. To me, I can’t think of a better man to champion such a cause. I have no doubt his Foundation will become a success and I wish him well.
I was delighted to hear Shane was setting up such a worthwhile Foundation to help underprivileged and seriously ill children. As a high profile sportsman, Shane is fortunate to live at the opposite end of this spectrum, so it is great, but hardly surprising, to see him putting something back into the community.
Apart from his genius on the cricket field, Shane has always been a very generous and kind-hearted person, so when I heard of this latest venture it didn’t surprise me in the least. Both Shane and myself have three beautiful and healthy children and for this we are very fortunate. Unfortunately, other parents have to endure the helpless pain and heartache of watching their own angels suffer in the face of disease or injuries resulting from accidents.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Shane Warne Foundation will not only help the kids themselves but also the parents who have to live through different, but no less significant, turmoil during the period of illness, treatment and hopefully recovery. Shane and the Foundation have my total support in what they are achieving.
It is important to give something back, and through the Shane Warne Foundation there is an excellent vehicle to do this. I wish the Foundation every success and hope it touches some of the thousands of less fortunate children out there who need every bit of support, love and inspiration that they can get.
Anything that helps children in need has my total support. I wish Shane and the Foundation my sincere best wishes for success with the launch and future projects.
Shane Warne made an incredible impact on the Test scene with his Ashes debut ball against England and Mike Gatting, wow, what a ball. Six months earlier on our tour down under, I believe, is when he really arrived by taking 7 wickets in our second innings to bowl Australia to victory in the Boxing Day Test, not great memories for my team or me, he got me for duck, one of many in my illustrious Test Match batting career.
What struck me most about Warney was and still does, is his competitive spirit; it is equal to his ability, and this is a potent mix when you are playing Test cricket, he gives it his all.When Warney told me he was starting up his own Foundation to help support the people and organisations who work hands on with seriously ill and underprivileged kids, I told him my door is always open if he needs anything at all.
I know the Shane Warne Foundation will be a success. Warney doesn’t do anything at less than 100%, and this venture will be no different. As you all know, he has already passed my World record and along with Murali is well on the way to breaking the 600 test wicket mark. I can’t think of a better man over taking me.
Warney, good luck with the comeback and most importantly good luck with this wonderful cause. C’mon Australia get behind him. Everyone can make a difference!
Everything Shane does is big and I’m sure his Foundation will be no different. Big plans, big events and a big heart will go such a long way to providing needy kids and their parents with some solutions, and maybe some respite.
Many people along the way will have a heap of fun assisting the Foundation, and that support is essential. A new team for one of the great team players to be a big part of – devoting funds and, more importantly, time to kids in need.
I’ve been a team-mate of Shane’s for over 10 years. I’ve always been fascinated by the way people from all over the world and all walks of life have responded to and accepted Shane, especially kids. Shane is a larger than life personality and has an amazing enthusiasm, energy and passion for cricket and children.
He has inspired children around the world with his style of bowling, consistent success and personality. His ability on the field is second to none and the statistics speak for themselves.
It’s wonderful to see that Shane has decided to make a difference to children around the world by establishing the Shane Warne Foundation. You too can support the Shane Warne Foundation and help make a difference.
I am happy to support Shane in this thoroughly worthy initiative which will enrich the lives of many children. I encourage the business community and Shane’s sporting fans from around the world to help lighten the spirits of our children who need it most.
The Victorian Government supports the most valuable contribution made by organisations such as The Shane Warne Foundation. The Foundation’s commitment to support seriously ill and underprivileged children is highly commendable, and I wish The Shane Warne Foundation all the very best for its future success.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne
It gives me great pleasure to pay tribute to Shane Warne for his support of seriously ill and underprivileged children through The Shane Warne Foundation. Having an international sporting icon at the head of the Foundation provides a focus on the needs of the most vulnerable children in our community. I applaud the work of The Shane Warne Foundation in its aims to light up the lives and spirits of children in need.
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Best of luck with the launch of your Foundation, Shane. I’m sure the Foundation will achieve their goal of brightening up the lives of many ill and underprivileged children.
Sadly, in our society there is precious little money that will fill the gap between what governments will provide and the community based needs. As individuals, most of us feel a compassionate obligation to try to help those less privileged than we are, but are seemingly unable to make a dent.
That is where community organisations such as the Shane Warne Foundation are able to make a difference. By the collective action of individuals, businesses, clubs and community groups, the much-needed funds raised through charities can stimulate effective change.
I urge you to get behind the Shane Warne Foundation by attending fundraisers, buying raffle tickets and lending your goodwill to benefit sick and underprivileged kids.
We all know that Shane Warne is a champion in the sporting arena. To go out of his way to help seriously ill children, and those in need who are less fortunate than others, proves that he is also a champion person.
Best of luck with the Foundation, mate.
It’s great to see Shane get behind such a wonderful cause. The kids of Australia are our future and any support or assistance we can give them will put our country’s future in good stead.
I am delighted to support and endorse The Shane Warne Foundation. In my opinion, Shane is one of the top three sports people that this country has produced. Contrary to a vocal minority, Shane is a person to embrace because of his popularity and great rapport with those less fortunate, while being very capable of articulating his cause as well as anyone I know.All the very best
It is an absolute pleasure to lend my support to the Shane Warne Foundation. Having known Shane for a long time now, I know what a genuine passion and love he has for children. Every time I speak to him, the first thing he asks is “how are your kids mate”?
And luckily for me (and them) I respond with “They are fantastic mate!” Unfortunately, a lot parents can’t have that same answer to that question. So hopefully with the generous contribution from Shane & the Foundation, we can hear some more parents respond to that question with, “My kids are doing great now, thanks for asking”!