Everton's Cahill in Queensland flooding funds auction

Tim Cahill
Image caption Everton midfielder Tim Cahill originally comes from Sydney

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has started an online auction to raise funds for the "heartbreaking" plight of the Queensland flood victims.

Cahill, 31, said he was moved by the story of Jordan Rice, 13, who drowned after telling rescuers to save his brother, Blake, 10.

The Sydney-born player's online auction of plane tickets and match hospitality at Goodison Park has reached £164,000.

Cahill, of Hale, Greater Manchester, said it was "the least I could do."

The auction, on the Australian eBay site, includes two airline tickets donated by Emirates from anywhere in the world, dinner in Tim Cahill's personal Everton box, two night's hotel accommodation, a chauffeur-driven car for the weekend and a signed pair of the player's boots.

Cahill, who is taking part in the Asian Cup with his Australian team mates, said: "To hear how the boy told the rescuer to save his little brother - these are stories that as an Australian really break your heart.

Image caption Jordan Rice, 13, told rescuers to take his brother, Blake, 10, first

"It's hard to deal with and to hear that story. It really hits home and shows that football is just a game and that there are more important things in life going on.

"I think being in the privileged position of a footballer it's the least I can do and it's great to know that people are supporting such a great cause."

At least 30,000 properties in Australia's third largest city Brisbane have been affected by flooding.

Floodwaters are beginning to recede in the city but meteorologists have warned that the threat of further cyclones remains.

Officials have said the clean-up could take months

The auction ends on Friday, 21 January.

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