Hearts fans have chance to win match-worn Marius Zaliukas shirt in 'unique auction' for charity
The 2012 Scottish Cup-winning captain died on Saturday after a battle with the disease, much to the shock of the club, former colleagues and supporters.
Tributes have been pouring in from ex-team-mates and fans, with messages and flowers left at Tynecastle Park.
Now supporters have the chance to win the shirt Zaliukas wore in the 1-1 draw with Inverness CT on November 10, 2012. A game in which he scored the Hearts goal on his 29th birthday.
A silent auction hosted by Big Hearts will run until Tuesday, November 10, the day Zaliukas was meant to be 37.
The charity organisation said: “He was our Captain. Our leader. Our legend. But he was also a cherished son, a much loved husband, and a doting father.
“We will never forget his awe at the sight of the Scottish Cup bedecked in maroon and white ribbons. Nor will we forget his smile, his sense of humour, and his kindness. Marius taught us that dreams can come true.
“And so as we mourn the loss of Marius Žaliūkas, Big Hearts today launches a unique auction. Every penny raised will go to MND Scotland.
“A few days ago, we received an anonymous donation of the match shirt Marius wore on Saturday, November 10 2012.
“Hearts had commissioned a unique one-off shirt to mark Remembrance Day, featuring an original Heart of Midlothian FC crest. For many Jambos, that weekend is always the most poignant in the Hearts’ calendar.
“It was also Marius Žaliūkas 29th birthday. And he scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw. In stoppage time. Captain fantastic, indeed.
"From everyone at Big Hearts, we send our love and deepest condolences to Marius’ family at this heartbreaking time.
“We will never forget him.”
The minimum bid is £500 and can be placed via email to [email protected] and should include:
- Your name
- Postal address
- Contact phone number
- Your best bid (£)
Bidders must be at least 18 years of age and can bid as many times as they like.
For more information check out Big Hearts on Twitter.