Telethon

Australia Unites Telethon

Thanks the generosity of people around Australia, businesses and government, $27.2 million was raised for people impacted by the floods in Qld and NSW.

On Saturday 12 March, Australian Red Cross partnered with Channels 7, 9 and 10 for the Australia Unites Telethon, raising an incredible $27.2 million. Thank you!

100% of the funds raised are going to people in Queensland and New South Wales impacted by the floods as grants to help them meet urgent needs. Grants are now open and are being distributed.

Postcard images from the telethon

Two types of cash assistance grants are now available

Relief Grant – $500 cash assistance per household to help with basic needs such as food, clothing, or personal items for people whose primary piece of residence was affected by the floods and who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the floods. 

Bereavement Grant – $20,000 cash assistance to support senior next-of-kin of those who died as a direct result of the floods with immediate needs (funeral and other related expenses).

No essential support costs will be deducted from funds raised during the telethon. This is an exception that is made possible by the generous support from funders.

Find out more about cash assistance grants »

Thank you

Red Cross is extremely grateful for the efforts of Channels 9, 7 and 10, who came together with the help of 600+ volunteers, staff and celebrities across three states to unite the nation to support flooded communities.

Thanks to our partners who donated to the telethon
Channels 7, 9, 10; Coles, Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, Cotton On, Mindaroo Foundation, The Lott, McDonalds, Toyota, Super Retail Group, HBF, St John of God and Ramsay Health Care, Optus, Entain, Solo Resource Recovery, Isuzu Ute, Toyota, Red Energy, Super Retail Group, Toyota Financial Services, Harvey Norman, Youi, Swyftx, Mitsubishi, Frasers Property, American Express, Active8Me, Spotlight Group, 7Eleven, ITV Studios, H&M, Great Southern Bank, Steel Blue, Beacon Lighting, AIA, Freedom Furniture, Cash Converters, Beacon Trade, Case IH, New Holland, Belong, Fantastic Furniture, Godfreys and Bedshed. Also, Queensland couple John and Linda Van Lieshout donated $1 million to the appeal.

Government support
NSW Government, Western Australian Government, Victorian Government and South Australian Government.

Telethon team, Sydney

Communities across Qld and NSW affected by floods need urgent and ongoing support.

Although the Telethon is now closed, you can still donate through the Qld and NSW Floods Appeal. Make a donation today »

About the Australia Unites Telethon

100% of the funds raised during the Telethon will go to people in Queensland and New South Wales impacted by the 2022 floods as cash assistance.

  • $500 to help a household whose primary residence has been flooded  
  • $20,000 to support next-of-kin of those who died during the floods 

If there are circumstances beyond Red Cross’ control, excess funds will be directed to Red Cross’ broader Qld and NSW Floods Appeal 2022.  

Donations above $2 are tax-deductible in Australia.

Applications for grants are now open. The process is simple, with a few basic checks. Visit redcross.org.au/grants

A specific appeal was set up just for donations received during the Australia Unites Telethon. 100% of the funds raised during the Telethon will go to people in Queensland and New South Wales impacted by the 2022 floods as cash assistance. No essential support costs will be deducted from funds raised during the telethon. This is an exception that is helped made possible by the generous support from funders. 

Thank you! We welcome volunteers any time, but we can only send people who are trained in Red Cross procedures to this emergency. Visit redcross.org.au/volunteer to see what roles we have now and get yourself on the list for future emergencies. 

We really appreciate the generosity but we’re unable to accept or distribute donated goods. 

Our experience with emergencies shows that donations of money, where possible, help affected communities recover sooner. This is because people can make their own choices – including purchasing the goods they need for their own families. 

If you have collected goods already, we’d gratefully accept donations of clothing at our retail stores, to on-sell and raise funds to support our work. Find out how you can donate. 

The Australian Red Cross Society is a humanitarian aid and community services charity in Australia.  For further information please see https://www.redcross.org.au/about/. 

Australian Red Cross is an endorsed Public Benevolent Institution and is required to observe the legal obligations of this endorsement. For further information please see https://www.redcross.org.au/governance/. 

In response to communities affected by the Queensland and NSW Floods, Australian Red Cross is providing urgent humanitarian support. We are providing cash assistance grants to help a household whose primary residence has been flooded and to support next-of-kin of those who died during the floods.

We are using the money donated during the bushfires to help those directly affected by the fires – including those who lost loved ones or homes, and those who were injured. We won’t and can’t use those funds for any other purpose. 

As of 2 March 2022, 96% of the funds raised for the bushfires have been disbursed or spent. We know from our work after other disasters that recovery takes years, not months. This is why we are still supporting bushfire affected communities and will continue to do so. Red Cross is actively supporting the ongoing bushfire recovery efforts in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The remaining funds are allocated for this ongoing recovery support, across a 3-year program. This work includes psychosocial support, capacity building, community recovery and advocacy. For more information visit https://www.redcross.org.au/bushfirereport

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