On Monday 19th March, a Givealittle campaign was launched aimed at raising funds to bring some of the cricketing treasures of Martin Crowe back to New Zealand.
These items, which are being auctioned in Sydney next month, include bats used by Crowe in some of the innings which have come to define his place in history: his 142 against England at Lord’s in 1994, and his 17th, and last, century made in the following Test at Old Trafford.
The New Zealand Cricket Museum has no allocated budget for purchasing items and, largely, relies on the generosity of donors in order to grow its collection and continue to protect our summer game’s taonga.
The Museum’s Director, Jamie Bell outlines the place of the Museum in the community,
“As a specialist Museum, we work very closely with the cricket community to preserve and exhibit items which are important for the fans, players, and all those involved.
“We have always relied on the community’s goodwill to increase the collection we hold on their behalf and we are always willing to work with that community to ensure these treasures are properly cared for and celebrated.”
Cricket enthusiast, Adam Gilshnan, has created the Givealittle campaign on behalf of the cricket community who have been quick to offer their support in these items returning to New Zealand.
“I’m a New Zealander in my mid-40s, for me Martin Crowe was cricket.
“When I heard about the auction, I saw a great opportunity to do something to bring these items home.”
Details on Adam’s fundraising campaign can be found at https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/bringing-martin-crowes-cricket-memorabilia-back