5 December 2021
– Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins has today been appointed UNICEF Australia’s newest Ambassador.
In his role as an ambassador, Pat will use his high profile as a respected athlete to support and advocate for the world leading children’s organisation.
“I’m honoured to announce my new role as a UNICEF Australia Ambassador, joining Australia’s leading children’s charity to play a part in protecting vulnerable children,” said the fast bowler.
“I’ll be giving up my time to support UNICEF Australia’s campaigns, travelling to see their programs and help in any way I can. Becoming a father has been, and will continue to be, an incredible journey and Becky and I have given a lot of consideration to how we can support children, who are less fortunate.”
One program close to Pat’s heart and which he is directly helping to fund and support is the Indi Kindi program - a ground-breaking mobile early years program for children aged under five in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
“Indi Kindi gives Indigenous children the best start in life by integrating health, nutrition, wellbeing and culture together with early learning delivered outdoors, which is a fantastic initiative and a program I particularly want to back,” said the Australian captain.
UNICEF Australia CEO Tony Stuart said Pat has been a supporter of UNICEF Australia since reaching out to the children’s fund during the devastating second wave of COVID-19 in India.
“Pat has a big heart, and not only did he generously donate when India was in crisis, but he wanted to know what else he could do,” he said.
“On returning home, he then turned his attention to what he could do here and one of the big challenges we have in Australia is around early education, especially within Indigenous communities. As a new father Pat felt a natural connection to the Indi Kindi program as a cause he wanted to support further.
“UNICEF Australia is privileged to have a long history of support from our ambassadors and high-profile celebrities who are committed to improving the lives of children.”
UNICEF Australia Ambassadors play a critical role in shining a light on the challenges children face by volunteering their time to raise awareness and mobilise support to help the UN’s children fund reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents with lifesaving help and hope.
Globally UNICEF is supported by ambassadors from the sports and entertainment industries and beyond such as David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Selena Gomez and Shakira.
For more information on Pat’s support of Indi Kindi please click here