& # 39; It just shows you what kind of person he is & # 39 ;: Desperate drought-stricken community is overwhelmed by the generosity of basketball star Patty Mills who has paid for emergency water
- Walgett in the north of NSW is almost completely without water in severe drought
- Depends on very salty drilling water and donated bottled water that is transported indoors
- Only the supermarket burned down last month, extending food and water
- NBA player Patty Mills is part of a program to bring clean water to the city
- He visited remote communities instead of going on a honeymoon with a new wife
Instead of enjoying an exuberant honeymoon, NBA player Patty Mills spent the week delivering water to drought-hit outback cities.
The Aboriginal basketball player paid a surprise visit to Walgett in the north of NSW and paid for emergency water supplies.
Mills, 30, met local elders and was harassed by children who wanted to get the San Antonio Spurs guard's signature.
Australian NBA player Patty Mills paid a surprise visit to Walgett in northern NSW and paid for the emergency water supply
His visit was part of a plan to provide the city with clean drinking water, where it hasn't rained for a year and others face severe droughts
His visit was part of a plan to provide the city with clean drinking water, where it has not rained for a year, and others face severe droughts.
& # 39; Mrs. Mills let me trade the honeymoon for an emotionally rewarding and very uplifting visit to remote indigenous communities, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Watch more about this moving project. It's good to be home! & # 39;
Mills married earlier this month with swimwear model Alyssa Levesque during a ceremony attended by colleague Aboriginal athlete Cathy Freeman.
& # 39; It's been tough, but people's minds have been lifted because they know that people want and want to help Patty. & # 39; Walgett deputy mayor Ian Woodcock told the Sunday Telegraph.
Mills married model Alyssa Levesque earlier this month and skipped his honeymoon to travel through the drought-stricken areas
& # 39; Mrs. Mills let me trade the honeymoon for an emotionally rewarding and very uplifting visit to remote indigenous communities, & # 39; he said
& # 39; It casts a smile on people's faces. It just shows you the caliber of the person who is Patty. & # 39;
Walgett's situation got worse when his only supermarket burned down last month and put his food and water supplies on the brink.
The city is now dependent on drilling water and supplies of donated bottled water, and hopes that the government can be convinced to build a desalination plant.
Both rivers that converge in Walgett and give the city its name are almost completely dry due to the extreme drought.
Mills grew up in Canberra before playing American college basketball at Saint Mary & # 39; s College in California and now playing for the San Antonio Spurs
Dams in the area, and in the interior of NSW, have only a few percent capacity and the drilling water is too salty for easy drinking.
Farms are littered with the carcasses of cattle starving to death or thirsty.
Mills grew up in Canberra before playing American college basketball at Saint Mary & # 39; s College in California.
It was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2009 and has been playing for San Antonio since 2012.
Mills poses for a portrait during the 2019 NBA Awards Show at the Barker Hangar on 24 June
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