The aftershocks of COVID-19 has left a generation of vulnerable children at risk of starvation, exploitation and abuse.
“During this time of self-isolation and lockdown I have been reflecting on what I can to do assist those who need it most,” says much loved four-time Logie award winning actor, musician and television presenter, Hugh Sheridan. “So,
I am launching a fundraiser in support of World Vision Australia’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.”
Widely known for his role as Ben Rafter in the iconic Australian Television series Packed to the Rafters, and as Nick Gazecki in the television comedy drama House Husbands, Hugh began his journey of advocacy with World Vision in 2010.
As the aftershocks of the virus impacts the lives of more than 30 million vulnerable children in the world’s poorest and most fragile countries, young girls and boys are threatened by so much more than the pandemic. Facing unacceptable danger
to their wellbeing and future, the risk of disease and death is increased as regions suffer from the total breakdown of essential services, including health systems and education. As a secondary wave of impact loom, Hugh through his commitment
to the world’s most at risk children joins the fight to champion children on the front line of this crisis.
If we do not act now, millions of vulnerable children will succumb to the life-altering impacts of COVID.
- 10 million girls are at risk of being forced into child marriage
- 26 million children are at greater risk of being exposed to potentially fatal infectious diseases
- 30 million children’s lives are at risk as you read these words
- 5+ million (additional) children could suffer from malnutrition
- 100,000 (additional) children could die from malaria