Australia’s top cricketers past and present have come together to film a special video in support of UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.
Stars such as Pat Cummins, Brett Lee, Ellyse Perry, Michael Hussey, Rachael Haynes, Steve Smith and Alan Border among others have all united to donate their time to raise awareness of the deadly second wave currently hitting India.
UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal is raising much needed funds to procure Oxygen Generation Plants to be installed in hospitals to treat seriously ill patients, provide testing equipment in heavily impacted districts, and support the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.
To date, India has reported 23 million COVID-19 cases and more than 240,000 deaths.
“We know this pandemic has the most devastating impacts on the most vulnerable and we are so proud of our cricketers, past and present, who have so kindly given their time to be part of this video,” said UNICEF Australia CEO Tony Stuart.
“During the first wave of the virus in India, children and families saw the collapse of their livelihoods with hundreds of millions of children pushed further into poverty, losing their education, facing heightened risk of abuse and experiencing the devastation of seeing caregivers fall ill or die. The situation now is unprecedented, and UNICEF is on the ground providing urgent support.”
“As the world’s largest children’s charity, UNICEF knows the devastating and life-long consequences this emergency will have, in particular, on children and young people.”
Donations to UNICEF Australia’s COVID-19 India Crisis Appeal can be made at: https://india.unicef.org.au/t/australian-cricket
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