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Locusts swarm into northern Uganda as Oxfam looks toward a $5m response across region
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Locust infestations have just hit two new districts in northern Uganda as they continue to plague Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and threaten Sudan and South Sudan. There are also reports of the swarms now in Tanzania.

“Everyone is in panic and trying to make noise…

Critical support for former child soldiers in South Sudan at risk from lack of funding
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Critical programs providing support for children released from armed forces and groups in South Sudan may be forced to end next month if urgently needed funds are not provided, UNICEF warned today to mark Red Hand Day (International Day against the use of…

Oxfam welcomes MP Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill
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Oxfam Australia welcomes the Climate Change Bill, to be introduced by MP Zali Steggall, which includes setting a zero emissions target, restoring an independent commission to advise on climate policies and actions, and a sequence of five-year emissions budgets.

Oxfam Climate Change Advisor Dr Simon…

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Alex Blackwell, UNICEF Reporter Gemma & Rachael Haynes Partner with UNICEF (Image Credit: UNICEF Australia).
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Feature article Feb 17, 2020
Rachael Haynes, former Captain and current member of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and Alex Blackwell, former Captain of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team have joined forces with UNICEF in support of the ‘For Every Girl’ campaign which seeks to empower girls through sport and build equality in communities. 

As global charity partner of the tournament, UNICEF has announced its Partnership Ambassadors for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, which takes place in cities across Australia from February 21, 2020 – March 8, 2020. Rachael Haynes, former Captain and current member of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and Alex Blackwell, former Captain of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team have joined forces with UNICEF in support of the ‘For Every Girl’ campaign which seeks to empower girls through sport and build equality in communities.

Rachael and Alex sat down with UNICEF Special Reporter and fellow cricketer Gemma, aged 11, to discuss their experiences of growing up as female cricketers and why they think more girls should get into the game. In the interview, the Australian cricketing icons answered questions, written by Gemma, including ‘Have you ever gotten the giggles in a game?’ and ‘Are you, Alex & Rachael, best friends?’. On why more girls should play cricket, Alex Blackwell shared a message of inclusion and equality, stressing the importance of supporting girls’ empowerment with UNICEF;

“Cricket doesn’t require any certain body type, I think anyone can play. If you’re tall, you’re short, you’re fast, you’re slow, it doesn’t really matter, you can find a place in a cricket team.

“UNICEF does great work improving the lives of children all around the world and especially children who are more disadvantaged perhaps than I was as a child. I really believe that young kids everywhere should have an opportunity to play sport and I’m…

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Beyond Blue welcomes Federal Government’s initial mental health response to bushfires crisis
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Beyond Blue welcomes the Commonwealth’s announcement yesterday of $76 million for immediate mental health support for anyone affected by the Australian bushfire crisis.

The package particularly targets affected individuals and communities in bushfire affected areas, and firefighters and emergency services personnel including volunteers.

Measures include on-the-ground counselling and support in affected…

Seymour local gearing up support for hay convoy for fire-affected farmers in Corryong
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FUNDRAISING farmer Matt Aldridge is gearing up local support in an inspiring effort to organise a much-needed hay convoy to assist fire-affected farmers who have suffered during the catastrophic bushfires.

Matt, a cattle farmer from Northwood just outside of Seymour, is well-known around the region for founding his charity, The…

Pink Test to raise much-needed funds for breast cancer nurses
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THE Sydney Cricket Ground is awash in pink for the twelfth Domain Pink Test in support of the McGrath Foundation, which started today, January 3, 2020.

Now in its twelfth year, the Pink Test is one of the largest sporting fundraising initiative in Australia where the cricket community, both on…

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International volunteers reinforce local teams as bushfire crisis continues

Salvation Army volunteers continue to provide around-the-clock support to disaster-affected communities around the country. National Due to the incredible need around Australia, The Salvation Army has begun deploying rotating international and interstate teams to reinforce
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Opinion

The World’s Generous Bushfire Response Highlights Our Foreign Aid Hypocrisy

You know those struggling Pacific nations that often seem to need our help? Clean water for Vanuatu, Infrastructure in PNG. Well, Australia’s bushfire crisis has turned those tables. Now it’s them offering us help, writes
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