UNICEF Australia has welcomed the generosity of the ICC Cricket World Cup, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket in supporting UNICEF’s rapid response for children affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket have each donated $50,000 to UNICEF Australia’s appeal, matched by a further $100,000 from ICC Cricket World Cup.
“The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has driven a spirit of sportsmanship through the competition in Australia and New Zealand,” UNICEF Australia Chief Executive Norman Gillespie said.
“However, an extraordinary show of sportsmanship is to give a hand up to another in need, and the international cricket community has shown its true colours in responding for communities in Vanuatu and the other island nations affected by Cyclone Pam.”
Category 5 storm, Cyclone Pam, crossed over the Pacific nations of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati on Friday, March 13, leaving 171,000 in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
UNICEF has responded, and continues to respond, to the immediate needs of 82,000 children who, having survived the cyclone, now need health care, clean water, food and shelter.
UNICEF estimates the immediate need for its humanitarian activity to be estimated at $3.9 million.