Shane Warne's gin company halts production and switches to making hand sanitiser instead

Shane Warne switches from gin to hand sanitiser production (PA Images)
Shane Warne switches from gin to hand sanitiser production (PA Images)
17:04pm, Thu 19 Mar 2020
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A gin company owned by Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has halted production of the spirit in order to produce medical-grade alcohol hand sanitiser in a bid to help fight coronavirus.

SevenZeroEight Gin will be making the sanitiser exclusively until further notice with a statement saying they had agreed 'to provide a continuous supply to two nominated Western Australian hospitals at cost'.

The 50-year-old said: "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," he added.

The move follows pleas by the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who urged Australian companies to produce medical supplies as disruptions in supply chains have caused shortages in the country.

This is not Warne's first foray into charitable contributions this year. In light of the bushfire crisis that swept across Australia earlier this year, the leg-spinner auctioned his 'baggy green' cap, raising $1,007,500 for the Red Cross bushfire appeal.

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