Help Hugh protect children at risk

Help Hugh protect children at risk

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

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Children need to be heard, shown love and compassion and they need to be nourished, that’s why I love World Vision. They focus on helping vulnerable children, that’s really important to me.

– Hugh Sheridan

By working together, ordinary people can make extraordinary impact to help combat the aftershocks of COVID-19 and protect the millions of vulnerable children at risk.

Young girls and boys in the world’s poorest countries are facing disastrous “secondary” impacts from the pandemic which threatens to devastate more children’s lives than the virus itself.

Young lives will be at risk as weak health systems become overwhelmed and ill equipped to supply even basic health services and families dive into extreme poverty. Young girls will be forced into marriage without the empowerment of education, as incidence of abuse, neglect, and gender-based violence increases - tragically the pandemic is just the beginning.

If you can, now is the time to support Hugh as he launches his fundraiser for the millions of children who stand unwittingly in the crossfire of this pandemic.

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Together we can be the difference, but we must act now.


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