KP to help flood victims
England batsman moved by Queensland devastation
Last Updated: January 11, 2011 9:10am
Pietersen: charitable act
Kevin Pietersen plans to auction off a shirt and bat used during England's Ashes triumph - with the highest bidder also rewarded with flights, accommodation and two tickets for the Perth one-day international as the batsman looks to raise money for the Queensland flood victims.
There has been widespread flooding in the Australian state with communities devastated.
Flash floods have swept through Toowoomba in the north-east of the state, killing at least eight people and leaving 11 others missing.
Pietersen is currently preparing for England's one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches against Australia after being part of the squad that retained the Ashes with a thumping 3-1 series win.
Now Pietersen is looking to raise funds for those affected by means of an auction.
The 30-year-old initially said on his Twitter site: "These floods in Queensland are horrific!! Is there anything we as sportsmen could do to help?? Thoughts??"
He added: "Thanks for all your suggestions... Gotta try and help people!! This is so sad!!"
Pietersen then tweeted: "I'm prepared to auction off one of my Ashes winning shirts & one of my bats personalised to the highest bidder.. Let me find a way of doing this today!! I'll get back to you."
Less than an hour later he tweeted again: "My auction gets better! On top of the bat & shirt, I will give 2 tickets to our Perth ODI on 6 Feb and I will pay for flights & 2 nights accom(modation) to the highest bidder from anywhere in the world.
"I will find a way of working the auction in the next 24hrs so if you wanna help the Queensland flood victims, please wait for the info."
It is not the first time Pietersen has raised money for charity having also grown a moustache for Movember, the campaign which raises funds for prostate cancer charities.