BBL final shines light on the Foundation’s work

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Walter Mikac (Founder of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation) available for interview at BBL Final.

As the Melbourne Stars take on Sydney Thunder in tomorrow’s KFC Big Bash League (BBL) final, fans will have the opportunity to make a difference for children affected by domestic violence.

The Foundation has been Big Bash’s charity partner this season and will continue to be for the next two years, raising funds and awareness about the one million children affected by domestic violence every year through its Light Switch campaign.

Light Switch calls on the public to “be the light” in children’s lives by supporting the Foundation’s programs, through advocacy and donations.

Programs, such as Children Ahead and Buddy Bags, protect and support children who have suffered through traumatic circumstances. And with more than 60,000 Australian children in emergency accommodation as a result of violence, the need for support and public awareness has never been so important.

Cricket fans also have the opportunity to win a family holiday (flights and accommodation) to Warner Bros Movie World by donating to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation via

Former test hero and Sydney Thunder captain Mike Hussey and Australian women’s cricketer and Melbourne Renegades women’s captain Sarah Elliott have also joined the cause to keep children safe through their work as the Foundation’s BBL Ambassadors.

Hussey, who will lead the Thunder in the final, is calling on fans to get behind the Foundation by donating to programs that make a real difference.

“As a parent, I want my kids to grow up happy, healthy and safe. Unfortunately not all kids have the same opportunity, which makes the work of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation so important,” Hussey said.

“Together we can bring light to children’s lives.”

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is focused on delivering care, prevention and advocacy programs to protect children.

Children Ahead provides intensive case management support for children to help them recover from the trauma that results from experiencing or witnessing violence.

Buddy Bags are backpacks containing essential items, such as toiletries, pyjamas, socks and a teddy bear and are given to foster care agencies and domestic violence refuges for children.

Supported by Target, the program has produced 60,000 bags since 2007.

During the past 19 years, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has helped more than 1.5 million children through programs that educate and protect children from violence and bullying.

Media inquiries contact Adrian Bernecich: 03 9697 0683, 0416 045 701 or

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