New Poll Shows Australians Support Children's Emergency Fund

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Everything we do is a disaster: Children's Emergency Fund launched

New poll shows Australians support children’s emergency fund



Twice as many Australians believe a children’s emergency fund is a better way of saving

children’s lives in natural disasters than launching emergency appeals after disaster strikes,

according to a new poll released by Save the Children.

The findings were released today to mark International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction,

and the launch of the Children's Emergency Fund. 


The move to launch the Children’s Emergency Fund ensures Save the Children always has

the resources in place before disaster strikes in order to save the lives of children

immediately.


Save the Children’s Director of Emergencies Mike Penrose said, “It takes a few hours to load

a cargo plane with $100,000 of life-saving aid.  But it can take weeks to raise the funds

needed – time we don’t have in the race to save lives.”


“With a children’s emergency fund we have the resources in place before disaster strikes. 

That means we can save the lives of children immediately.”


Save the Children surveyed 1,000 people on the best way to help children affected by

disaster.  The findings include:



55 per cent of Australians polled believed the best way to aid children affected by

disaster was to establish an emergency fund



25 per cent of Australians polled believed the best way to help children was to

launch an appeal after the disaster occurred

                                                               


20 per cent said they didn’t know the best way to help children affected by disaster 


The Children's Emergency Fund gives people the option to make a regular, or one off

donation to help children affected by disaster.


“We’re asking the Australian community to donate a regular monthly amount to our

Children’s Emergency Fund.  That way we always have the resources in place to protect

children and their families in times of natural disaster,” added Mr Penrose.


Save the Children launches ‘Earthquake Response’ – the world’s first disaster response

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