Listeners to ABC Radio across Australia have donated more than $1.5 million to charities in the lead-up to Christmas.
For the first time, the ABC has brought all its charity and fundraising events together under one name ABC Gives with campaigns running in all states and territories in November and December.
The ABC once again partnered with trusted local charities to support Australians doing it tough in the lead up to the holiday season. All funds raised go directly to chosen charity partners in each state and territory.
The Director of ABC Regional & Local, Judith Whelan, thanked all those who gave generously to the ABC Gives campaign which ran across its network of eight capital city stations and 48 regional bureaux.
She says, “We have run charity fundraisers in most states at this time of year, but this is the first time we have brought them together to give them greater impact – and the results have been stunning. It is wonderful to see such generosity at this time of year and to see the difference it can make for those in the community who need it the most.”
Lifeline Australia Patron and former Chairman, John Brogden, thanked ABC NSW and “all the wonderful listeners” for their support of the charity. “It has given a very real boost to the 4,500 crisis supporters who will be giving up their time with friends and family to support people in crisis this Christmas period.”
Although the on-air campaigns finished yesterday, donations can still be made through ABC Gives, up until New Year’s Eve.
State and Territory tallies to 9 December 2021 are:
- New South Wales. $328,000 raised for Lifeline
- Victoria:$334,600 raised for Foodbank
- Western Australia: $417,500 raised for Anglicare
- South Australia: $55,000 raised for Foodbank
- Tasmania: $172,115 raised for The Giving Tree
- Queensland: $126,000 raised for Meals on Wheels
- ACT: $46,000 raised for Lifeline
- Northern Territory: $51,000 raised for The Salvation Army