Tasmanian Celebrities Support Ebay Auction For Leading Children's Charity

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Thursday December 10, 2009

Tasmanian celebrities Jo Palmer, David Boon and Peter Cundall

support eBay auction for leading children’s charity

Tasmanian celebrities Jo Palmer, David Boon and Peter Cundall 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.

Peter’s baby blanket features the twin daughters – Rose and Violet – of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia host

Sophie Thomson, and deftly weaves together themes of childhood innocence and his passion for

horticulture. “Children are the most important people in the word,” Cundall said.  “Little children are the

most precious and vulnerable of all.”

The tragic death of a little boy called Max inspired Jo to support Save the Children’s celebrity baby blanket

auction.  “A first time mum who is a journalist in our newsroom lost her little boy Max,” Palmer said.  “The

heartache she and her family experienced was gut wrenching.  As a mother of three with another on the

way, I know the very precious gift every child is to the world.  Baby Max was my inspiration for my baby


Jo, Peter and David 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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