Brighton goalkeeper ​Mat Ryan has pledged to donate A$500 for every save made in the Premier League this weekend to a wildlife charity, as wild fires continue to rage across his native Australia.

The Brighton stopper arrived at the beginning of the 2017/2018 campaign, signing for the Seagulls for an undisclosed fee from Valencia.

Ryan has been capped on 59 occasions by the Australian national team, starting all three games for the Socceroos during the 2018 World Cup as his side finished bottom of Group C behind France, Denmark and Peru.

The stopper announced the charitable gesture on his ​Twitter account on Thursday evening, revealing that all the money raised would go to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation emergency fund.

"In the light of the devastation caused by the bushfires back home, I'm donating 500 Australian dollars for every registered save by all ​Premier League goalkeepers across every Premier League fixture for this weekend," Ryan stated.
Matthew Ryan

"I've chosen to donate to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation emergency fund. Thank you to all for your support thus far and as a nation we really do appreciate your gratitude and generosity.

"However, there continue to be homes lost, lives of both people and animals lost or in danger, along with whole communities, businesses and more.

"I hope we can continue in the same manner and continue to encourage and influence people into raising money for those affected."

The wildfires continue to ravage Australia with the New York Times reporting that 27 people and an estimated 480 to 800 million animals have been killed so far. The fires are also understood to have destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched more than 15 million acres of land.

Mathew Ryan

It is not the first time that Ryan has raised funds to address the problem, with the 27-year-old pledging to donate A$1,000 for every goal scored across the A-League and W-League last weekend as part of an appeal coordinated by Professional Footballers Australia's Footballers' Trust.

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