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'Meeting with Mother moved me'

"I felt something special with her giving to the poorest of the poor," says Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 13:58 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A meeting with Mother Teresa proved to be the "turning point" in Australian legend Steve Waugh's life providing him the inspiration he needed to walk away from cricket and devote his life to charity.

"The turning point for me was meeting Mother Teresa," Waugh said ahead of the official opening of his Australian children's charity. "I was in Calcutta and went along to meet her at the Mother (Teresa) House.

"I witnessed an early morning mass and it was an overwhelming experience. I felt something special with her giving to the poorest of the poor," the former captain said.

Waugh, who has been associated with Udayan, a home for children of leprosy patients, has now taken his charities to the needy in his home country.

"I never see myself as a cricketer. I see myself as being involved in charities," Waugh told The Daily Telegraph on Friday.

The first charity of its kind in Australia, the Steve Waugh Foundation has been established for sick kids who slip between the cracks of established support organisations.

The 41-year-old former cricketer decided he wanted to help the sickest of the sick and spent months researching where charity funds were missing in Australia.

First Published: Feb 03, 2007 13:33 IST

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