New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson wrote an open letter to medical professionals around the country to laud their efforts in fighting from the front for the countrymen against the deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
With the global pandemic spreading to all parts of the world, there have been 205 positive cases of coronavirus in New Zealand so far with no deaths reported.
In his heartfelt admiration and appreciation towards the doctors, paramedics and other health allied services personell, Williamson thanked the medical staff in his letter , saying that he is 'grateful' for their services.
Here's the full letter:
Dear doctors, nurses and caregivers,
Events of the past few days have made it clear we're living through a health crisis the likes of which we've never seen. There will no doubt be times in the coming days when the scale of what we're facing will seem overwhelming.
We're so grateful you have our backs.
People talk about the pressure sportsmen and women are under to perform, but the truth is we get to do something we love every day for a living. We play games.
Real pressure is working to save lives. Real pressure is going into work each day while putting your own personal safety on the line for the good of others.
Every day over the next weeks and months you and your colleagues will be asked to do that.
It's an enormous responsibility that can only be carried out by the best kind of people: those who put the greater good ahead of all else.
As Blackcaps, we know how amazing it feels to have the support of a country behind you.
In that same vein, we need you to know you're not alone. We want you to know that there's a whole country behind you.
We will get through this and you are a big reason why."