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Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has launched a new charity to help children with cancer.

The Ponting Foundation has been set up to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia and Redkite, and will support both the children and families affected by cancer.

The 33-year-old sports star says he was inspired to start the foundation after visiting a children’s hospital with his wife a few years ago.

“We walked in [to the hospital] and the first child we came across was a six-month-old boy who had just been diagnosed with cancer,” said Ponting. “That wasn’t an easy thing to be confronted with and we made our way through the different wards of the hospital and spent some time with children in different stages and phases of cancer treatment. Rianna and I walked out and we didn’t walk out with dry eyes, let’s put it that way.”

Both Ricky and Rianna Ponting have been Ambassadors for the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for several years.

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