Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has announced that his SevenZeroEight gin company will begin making hand sanitiser for hospitals due to shortages in overseas supply chains amid the coronavirus crisis.
The devastating pandemic has left pharmacy shelves empty in Australia and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on companies to make a ‘wartime shift’ to help produce essential medical supplies instead.Two of Warne’s fellow SevenZeroEight founders are ‘prominent surgical specialists’ in Western Australia and it was decided that shifting to producing ’70 per cent alcohol hand sanitiser’ for the indefinite future would be the best way to join the fight against COVID-19.
The company are also offering free shipping on all purchases of their award-winning gins to encourage people to buy online and stay out of the shops.
statement from Warne read: ‘This is a challenging time for Australians and we all need to do what we can to help our healthcare system combat this disease and save lives. ‘I am happy SevenZeroEight has the ability to make this shift and encourage others to do the same.’
As of Thursday morning, 636 people are known to have contracted COVID-19 in Australia and six individuals have died as a result of the virus. It’s not the first time Warne has lent a helping hand in a time of crisis.
The iconic former spin-bowler put his famous Baggy Green cap up for auction to raise funds for relief programs during Australia’s bushfire disaster at the start of the year. The cap was bought for $1,007,500 and the mystery bidder was later revealed to be Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn.