KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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MCC hosted a fundraising dinner for Steve Waugh to aid The Steve Waugh Foundation towards raising £1m - with some unusual auction lots.
MCC were only too happy to assist former Australia captain Waugh and his charitable foundation which raises money for children and young adults affected by rare diseases.
The famous Lord's Long Room was used to put on a very special dinner with the MCC catering team, as usual, excelling themselves.
With a host of star guests in attendance the very best was expected.
Australia cricket heroes Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Merv Hughes and Justin Langer - as well as international cricketers Shaun Pollock, Barry Richards, Courtney Walsh, Mark Nicolas and Rahul Dravid.
From across the sporting lexicon there was All Blacks rugby union star Sean Fitzpatrick; Olympic gold medalists Edwin Moses and Daley Thompson; and Aussie F1 driver Mark Webber - more on him later.
Following the meal an auction took place with bidders going for items unavailable anywhere else. Some of the star lots included:
A golf day at Sunningdale
A driving lesson in super car
A Dunhill golf day
Four tickets for the MCC v Pakistanis Twenty20 match followed by a net with Steve Waugh
The last item alone went for a fantasic £50,000.
The undoubted main attraction was a day out with Formula 1 speedster Mark Webber. After some rapid-fire bidding the winning amount was a staggering £200,000 from one very generous donor.
Over £600,000 was raised on the night with further donations hoping to push this close to £1m.
You too can help this great cause. You needn't donate £200,000 but every donation helps:
Donate to The Steve Waugh Foundation