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Pakistan Aid Boost

  • August 30th, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

pakistan-floods-alertnetorg1.jpgAid for Pakistan in the floods crisis has picked up markedly under urging from the United Nations (see EUAustralia, “Pakistan floods: call for more aid”, 18.8.10), with in Australia, a radiothon run by the national broadcaster delivering a heady boost.

Tragedy for Pakistan at home came together with the latest humiliation for the country in world cricket.

CALL FOR HELP

The call for help on all networks of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Friday (27.8.10) brought in A$3-million for UNICEF, the United Nations children’s fund; a representative of the organisation, extending thanks,  said that was triple the target figure.

Members of the public, at that time being themselves held to account by a United Nations anti-racism committee (See EUAustralia, “UN on racial discrimination  and Australia”, 28.8.10), delivered a similar lift in support to other aid organisations.

By law non-committal, and not geared to backing causes, the ABC has large concentrations of dedicated listeners, mostly a bourgeois following though the audience spread takes in large numbers from all walks of life.

Promotion for the appeal concentrated on the plight of children in Pakistan, at least 30000 feared at risk from serious disease, as over a fifth of the country – an area comparable to Britain – remained under water.

POTENTIAL DISGRACE

The response came ahead of potential disgrace for the Pakistan cricket team currently playing in England; the News of the World publishing its story (29.8.10) that team members were throwing matches for money.

(Those matches were said to include Australia’s sensational come-from-behind victory in the second Test, at Sydney, 3-6.1.10).

British police have arrested a man accused of defrauding bookmakers by setting up Pakistan players to bowl prearranged no-balls, in the match against England just ended in London.

SENDING AID

The following is the ABC’s contact list within Australia, for donating emergency  aid to Pakistan, including the UNICEF children’s appeal.

Please donate now at unicef.org.au or call them on either 1300 884 233 or 1300 134 071.

It is not the only charity organisation involved in aid efforts in Pakistan. ACFIC (Australian Council for International Development) lists these member agencies who are working to help:

•     Act for Peace – NCCA (National Council of Churches of Australia)
Phone: 1800 025 101
•     ActionAid Australia (Former Aust Care)
Phone: 1300 666 672
•     Australia for UNHCR
Phone: 1300 361 288
•     Australian Red Cross
Phone: 1800 811 700
•     CARE Australia
Phone: 1800 020 046
•     Caritas Australia
Phone: 1800 024 413
•     CBM Australia (formerly Christian Blind Mission International)
Phone: 1800 678 069
•     Oxfam Australia
Phone: 1800 088 110
•     Plan International Australia
Phone: 13 7526
•     Save the Children Australia
Phone: 1800 760 011
•     World Vision Australia
Phone: 13 32 40
You can also make donations to the appeal at any branch of any bank by using these details:
•    BSB: 012 010
•    Account number: 837541992
The account is the UNICEF Pakistan Flood Appeal.

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/stories/201008/2991573.htm

Reference

News of the World, London, “Cricket in the Dock: Match-fixed pockets 150 000-pounds as he rigs England tax at Lord’s”, 29.8.10. http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/924349/Cricket-in-the-dock-as-we-expose-betting-scandal-England-Pakistan-Test.html, (30.8.10).

ABC (Australia), Sydney, “Pakistan floods: how you can help”, 24.8.10. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/stories/201008/29915, (30.8.10).

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