The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is an Official Charity Partner of Cricket Australia, and the Boxing Day Test is one of the most important weeks to raise money to help Australian kids living with violence.
This summer, Cricket Australia Bat for Buddy. All funds raised went towards the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's Buddy Bag program. The program supports 10,000 children in refuges or foster homes escaping violence across Australia every year, and has delivered a total of more than 90,000 Buddy Bags to children in emergency accommodation.
This partnership is vital to the Foundation’s work in helping Aussie kids thrive.
For the past four years, Cricket Australia and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation have been working together to keep children safe from violence, bullying and cyber bullying.
Together we give strength and support to help children thrive.
As an Official Charity Partner of Cricket Australia, the Boxing Day Test is one of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s most important weeks to raise money to help Australian kids living with violence.
Foundation staff and volunteers were on site at the Indian Summer Festival on 23, 26 and 27 December, playing games, selling merchandise, offering face painting and generally having lots of fun.
Donations received during this special event went towards helping kids in emergency care by giving them a Buddy Bag.
Buddy Bags are backpacks containing basic, essential items: a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, pillowcase, facewasher, PJs, underwear and socks, as well as a book, activity kit, photo frame and the all-important teddy bear. They’re simple, everyday items that most of us take for granted.
Buddy Bags are simple and practical, providing material aid as well as helping restore a sense of safety and security to kids during this time of trauma – which is one of the first steps to recovery.
Every year the Alannah & Madeline Foundation gives Buddy Bags to 10,000 children in refuges and out-of-home care.
Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes and Elyse Villani committed to being Ambassadors of the Foundation, showing their support for these kids in out of home care.
The partnership is vital to the Foundation’s work in helping Aussie kids thrive.
Lanning, who recently visited the Foundation, was amazed at the range and effectiveness of its programs, which are in place right across the country.
“It’s incredible to think that they have reached (more than) 2 million children. Anything I can do to help the Foundation continue its great work is an honour,” Lanning said.
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