Wanpadet, 8, attended a UNICEF-supported trauma counselling program and received a UNICEF education grant, following his mother's death in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Photo Credit: ©UNICEF/PALANI MOHANTHAILAND
UNICEF Australia has partnered with Hoyts Distribution for the cinematic release of the dramatic true story, The Impossible, starring Oscar-nominated Naomi Watts and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor.
Between January 24 and February 8 for every ticket sold to see The Impossible at a Hoyts cinema, $1 will be donated to UNICEF Australia.
The Impossible is an account of one family's ordeal and survival following one of the worst natural disasters in recent years – the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
In the film, Maria (Watts) and Henry (McGregor) take their sons to Thailand for a holiday away from busy corporate life in Japan. Their sun-drenched holiday changes in an instant when a tsunami crashes into their waterfront resort and through surrounding beachside communities – devastating the lives of many and prompting an immediate and overwhelming international humanitarian response.
UNICEF was on the ground immediately after the wave’s impact to support children and their families through the days, weeks, months and years following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami; and is still there today.
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BOXING DAY TSUNAMI FACT FILE
Read more about the humanitarian response following the tsunami.
Read more about how UNICEF responds immediately after an emergency.
- The South-East Asia 2004 Boxing Day tsunami was one of the biggest natural disasters in our region in recent years.
- 228,000 people died, across 14 countries.
- The greatest number of fatalities was in Indonesia, where 167,540 people died.
- One third of fatalities in Thailand were children.
- In Thailand, six coastal provinces were hardest hit. In these areas 407 villages were affected and 47 destroyed.
- $13.5 billion given in aid (including Government contributions).
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