The AFL is expected to make a significant contribution to bushfire fundraising efforts with stars of the game throwing their support behind a potential state of origin match to be played at Marvel Stadium on February 28.
The most likely format would be Victoria v the All Stars with wide representation from all clubs.
Beams said it was a great gesture from Collingwood and he was rapt that supporters would be able to have a look at the medal at the Holden Centre.
“The most important thing however is the amount of money that we raised,” Beams said.
Meanwhile, 2010 snooker world champion Neil Robertson joined the growing list of sports stars to pledge financial support, as has the NBL.
The Victorian announced he will make a donation to the NSW wildlife charity WIRES, which rescues and cares for stricken animals.
Robertson has pledged£5000 ($9500) plus additional funds that depend on the performance of all players at this month’s Masters tournaments in London.
The 37-year-old tweeted: ‘‘Heart broken with all the bush fires back home. So during the masters next week I’ll be donating STG100 ($A190) per century made by ALL players as well as donating STG5000 on top to WIRES—NSW’’.
Robertson’s gesture follows that of his compatriot, former cricketer Shane Warne, who put his famous baggy green cap up for auction to help boost rescue efforts with the top bid now in excess of $500,000.
A number of tennis players, including Nick Kyrgios and Ashleigh Barty, and sports stars from home and abroad have also pledged financial support.
Melbourne-born Robertson regularly speaks out about animal rights issues on his social media accounts and is a committed vegan.
A University of Sydney professor has estimated that more than 800 million animals have been killed in NSW alone.
Last year’s Masters, in which Judd Trump defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan to take the title, yielded a total of 24 century breaks.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.