Batting for Afghanistan

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has left Australians shocked and heartbroken.

More than 3.5 million Afghans are displaced internally with a staggering 700,000 fleeing their homes since the start of this year. 80% are women and children. They are now facing a harsh winter of conflict, bitter cold, and COVID-19. The situation is dire, but you can help.

Buy a virtual cricket bat and leave a message of support, or bid on once-in-a-lifetime pieces of sporting memorabilia and experiences.

Your donation supports the UN Refugee Agency to provide critical and life-saving assistance including food, water, emergency shelter and protection services. It also helps to run vital programs and build schools and health clinics in Afghanistan.

Will you go into bat for Afghanistan?

Ian Chappell, Special Representative

"No matter how you get involved – buying a bat or bidding at auction – you’ll be supporting UNHCR’s critical work. UNHCR has been on the ground in Afghanistan for four decades, providing food, supplies, education and healthcare to Afghans who’ve had to flee their homes due to conflict and uncertainty." - Ian Chappell, former Australian cricket captain and Australia for UNHCR Special Representative

How to Get Involved



Buy a virtual cricket bat for $25 and include a message of support for the Afghan people as your bat gets placed on the virtual pitch.



You can also share your bat on social media, encouraging other to ‘go in to bat’ too.



Bid on an amazing sporting item or experience via the online auction during the last week in November.

Who is Australia for UNHCR?

Australia for UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency’s national partner in Australia. We raise much-needed funds and support for refugees, displaced and stateless people around the world. Since we began in 2000, we’ve raised more than $350 million for UNHCR’s global humanitarian operations, largely due to the amazing generosity of Australians who support fundraising campaigns like Batting for Afghanistan.

Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.

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