What is Batting for Afghanistan?

Batting for Afghanistan is a fundraising campaign led by former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell and involving Australia’s sporting community. As a Special Representative for UNHCR, Ian and other sporting stars across several codes are asking Australians to donate towards the UNHCR’s humanitarian work in Afghanistan.

Who can donate?

Everyone! There are two ways to get involved. You can buy a virtual cricket bat for $25 (and leave a message of support), and/or bid on unique sporting items and experiences via an online auction. The money raised from both activities will go towards supporting the UNHCR’s humanitarian work in Afghanistan.

Are donations tax deductible?

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible in Australia.

Why is fundraising needed for Afghanistan?

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is dire right now. More than 3.5 million Afghans are displaced internally with a staggering 700,000 fleeing their homes since the start of this year due to conflict and insecurity. The vast majority are in desperate need of emergency food and shelter.

This situation is currently one of the worst in the world – it’s extremely fluid and unpredictable with the ‘three Cs’ in play – conflict, climate (droughts and floods) and COVID-19. With less than 4 per cent of the entire population fully vaccinated, the spread of COVID-19 is turning a complex situation into a deadly one.

How will my donation be used?

Funds raised through the Batting for Afghanistan campaign will support the United Nations Refugee Agency as it provides food, water, emergency shelter, hygiene and sanitary kits, as well as continue its program of building schools and health clinics in Afghanistan.

How much of my donation goes to the people in need?

90% of funds raised for the Australia for UNHCR Afghanistan Emergency Appeal will go directly to support our work in Afghanistan.

Who's running this campaign?

Batting for Afghanistan is being run by Australia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s national partner in Australia. We have tax deductible Gift Recipient Status and we are endorsed by the ATO as an Income Tax Exempt Charity. Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.

Will UNHCR stay working in Afghanistan?

Yes. UNHCR, as part of the broader UN country team, will stay and deliver for the Afghan people, including with partners, for as long it can get access to those in need, and can ensure its workers and partners stay safe. In addition, UNHCR has called on neighbouring countries to keep their borders open to those fleeing, and is ready to help authorities in those countries scale-up their humanitarian responses if needed.

What's the minimum amount I can donate?

That’s up to you! You can buy a virtual cricket bat for $25 but if you wish to donate less, or more, you can. The online auction items each have their own reserve prices.

What can I do with my virtual cricket bat?

Your virtual bat will sit on the virtual pitch along with your message of support, for everyone to see. You can also download a picture of your bat, complete with your name on it, and post that picture wherever you like. If you post it on your socials, it will link back to the Batting for Afghanistan home page, allowing anyone who clicks on your bat to join the campaign too.

Can I buy more than one bat?

Absolutely! Buy as many as you like – whatever you spend goes towards supporting displaced Afghans as they face a serious humanitarian crisis in their country.

Can I change my message of support once it’s published?

Reach out to our helpful team at 1300 361 288 or info@unrefugees.org.au and we can assist you.

What dates does the auction run for?

The online auction will open on Wednesday November 17th at 09:00am AEDT and final bids can be placed until 07:00pm AEDT on Wednesday December 1st. Successful winners will be contacted Thursday December 2nd.

What happens if I’m the highest bidder on an item?

Congratulations! Assuming you’ve bid over the reserve price, you’ve bought that item.

You’ll be contacted with instructions for how to pay, how to collect your item and/or book your experience.

If I’m a successful bidder, is my purchase tax deductible?

No, the successful purchase of an auction item is not tax deductible. The donation towards a virtual cricket bat is tax deductible.

How long do I have to use an experience?

Auction experiences need to be used sometime between January and June 2022. The sports stars involved in the experiences will be happy to work with you to find a suitable date.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

We're always here to help. Please contact us on 1300 361 288 or info@unrefugees.org.au.