Mat Ryan has vowed to donate 500 Australian dollars (around £262) to the bushfire appeal fund for every save registered by Premier League goalkeepers this weekend.

Brighton and Hove Albion stopper Ryan, 27, said the money will be donated to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue emergency fund.

The Australian international will travel to Goodison Park on Saturday to face Everton as part of a full Premier League schedule that will see all 20 top flight teams in action across the weekend.

The bushfire crisis has been ongoing since September and has seen 27 people lose their lives, while leaving thousands more homeless.

Wildlife across the country has also been affected, with over a billion animals believed to have died as more than 10.3 million hectares have been burned.

Mat Ryan will donate money for every save made by Premier League goalkeepers this weekend

In a message shared on his social media accounts, the Socceroos star thanked those who have offered their support so far and encouraged people to keep raising money for all those affected by the crisis.

Alongside an image of a koala being rescued, Ryan wrote: “In light of the devastation caused by the bushfires back home, I’m donating 500 Australian dollars for every registered save by all Premier League goalkeepers across every Premier League fixture for this weekend.

“I’ve chosen to donate to the WIRES Wildlife Rescue emergency fund. Thank you to all for your support thus far and as a nation we really do appreciate your gratitude and generosity.

NSW RFS firefighters try to stop the blaze

“However there continues to be homes lost, lives of both people and animals lost or in danger, along with whole communities, businesses and more.

“I hope we can continue in the same manor and continue to encourage and influence people into raising money for those affected.

“Fingers crossed relief is on its way.”

Ryan, who joined Brighton 2017, has won 58 caps for Australia since making his international debut in 2012.

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He is among a number of sports stars to support the bushfire appeal in recent weeks.

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne raised over A$1million for relief efforts after his iconic ‘baggy green’ Test cap was sold at auction on Friday.

Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton also pledged to donate over £250,000 to support the rescue and care of wildlife affected on Thursday, while a number of tennis stars have also given their support.





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