Cricket Australia is helping children and young people live safe from violence and trauma
Since 2015, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation has been a charity partner of Cricket Australia. Cricket Australia and loyal Baggy Greens supporters are making a huge difference, helping children and young people live free from violence and trauma.
Tragically, each year 13,000 Australian children are taken into the care of child protection authorities because they are at serious risk of harm or have no other safe place to live. That’s at least 10 children during one Test Cricket match.
Caring supporters like you have already helped thousands of Australia’s children and young people have stronger futures. At the end of another challenging year, we’ve never needed you more.
When you go into bat for children and young people who have experienced violence and trauma by donating during the NRMA Insurance Boxing Day Test, you will be helping get them the support they need to recover, heal and grow.
The first steps to recovery can be found in a backpack
Buddy Bags are backpacks that are gratefully received by children and young poeple experiencing crisis or trauma, who often arrive in ermergency care with nothing. Buddy Bags meet a child's immediate material and personal care needs and give them a sense of security and comfort, as the first step on their journey to safety and recovery.
Together, let's cheer on the Australian's Men's Cricket Team and make this the most successful Boxing Day Test yet!
One backpack can mean the world
Eighteen-month-old Cara* feared hairbrushes – her father had often used one as a weapon against her and her mother Susan* to silence them. After one very violent episode, Cara and her mum Susan fled for a women’s refuge with just the clothes they wore. Soon after, a refuge worker gave Cara a Buddy Bag. Inside was a children’s toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, face washer, pyjamas and socks, a book, and a soft teddy bear, which Cara adored!
Over the next few days, Cara’s mother Susan would soothe her little girl by gently stroking her hair with the brush from the Buddy Bag and Cara learnt that hairbrushes don’t have to hurt. Susan could store Cara’s nappies, wipes and bottles in the Buddy Bag, when she had nothing else to use. The comfort and practical help of a Buddy Bag - which you can make possible for another child today - meant the world as they began their lives anew.
*Names have been changed to protect privacy.
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Since 2014, Cricket Australia has been working with us to ensure every child can live happy, safe and strong.