Melbourne Celebrities Support Auction For Children's Charity

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Thursday December 10, 2009

Melbourne celebrities support auction for children’s charity

Australian celebrities including Melbourne fashion guru Jenny Bannister and TV chef Guy Grossi have

turned baby blankets into art collectables in support of Save the Children’s eBay auction to raise funds to

help toddlers, young children and their families in some of the poorest countries in the world.

“Star Baby” is Jenny’s name for her blanket – a name inspired by asking the universe’s biggest questions:

Where do we come from?  Who designed us?  “I wanted to do the blanket to bring attention to the plight

of children.  Everyone is born equal but in uncontrollable circumstances,” Bannister said.  “Some children

suffer through no fault of their own.”

Children and family inspired Guy to roll up his sleeves put down his chef’s knife and support Save the

Children’s baby blanket auction.  “Children are a very important part of my family and my life,” Grossi

said.  “They are the main inspiration for me doing what I do and working so hard.  So when I was asked to

decorate a baby blanket I was happy to be involved and make it special for the kids.”

Jenny and Guy are joined by a string of high profile Australians who have decorated baby blankets for

Save the Children’s eBay auction including cricketing legend David Boon, Fuzzy Agolley of Channel Ten’s

Video Hits, and Coach of Collingwood Football Club, Mick Malthouse.

Ending on December 20, the eBay auction is in support of the charity’s Survive to Five campaign to reduce

the infant mortality rates in some of the world’s poorest countries. Worldwide 8.8 million children under

the age of five die each year.  Many of these deaths are from preventable causes such as pneumonia,

diarrhoea, malaria and measles.  Others die from malnutrition, lack of clean water or due to poverty.  

Survive to Five is calling on rich countries including Australia to help improve the health and wellbeing of

newborns and children in poor countries.  It is estimated that 4.2 million more health workers are needed

globally in order to reduce child death by two-thirds.

Celebrities who have decorated baby blankets in support of Save the Children’s Survive to Five campaign


Guy Grossi – T V celebrity chef 

Mick Malthouse – Coach of Collingwood Football Club

Rachel Friend – TV Personality

Liza Emmanuelle – Australian fashion designer

Fuzzy Agolley – Presenter of Channel Ten’s Video Hits

Peter Cundall – Former host of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia

Jo Palmer – Host of Tasmania’s Southern Cross Nightly News and former Miss Australia

David Boon – Former Australian cricketer

Valentino Rossi – Nine time world champion motorcycle racer

For an interview with a celebrity supporter of Save the Children

call Ian Woolverton on 0437 355 096

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