Warne bowled over by bushfire victim’s courage

April 9th, 2009 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Apr 9 (ANI): Cricket legend Shane Warne who saw much of Victoria’s fire-devastated areas, has opened up about a friendship that he has forged with a young bushfire victim.

Warne has already arranged to fly 13-year-old Aiden Buchanan to Sydney for a cricket match and organised tickets for him to last month’s MCG Sound Relief concert. Now the boy has been invited to the Warne family home for a barbecue.

Warne said Aiden’s tears would haunt him forever. And, he has promised to be there for the boy, who lost his brother MacKenzie, 15, sister Neeve, 9, and uncle Danny Clark, The Courier Mail reported.

“I keep in touch with him all the time. None of us could imagine what he’s been through. He has touched me a lot … thinking about my kids and how they would be if they lost a brother or sister or both,” Warne said.

During a visit to Whittlesea, Warne had asked the teenager: “How are you going, buddy?”

Aiden, who had not cried over his losses, could not help himself. His lip trembled, tears fell and he finally sobbed for the first time.

The pair has swapped mobile phone numbers and is in touch every week. “I try and be there as a friend for him, just to be there for him,” Warne said. (ANI)

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