Michael Milton will feature in a television advertising campaign for
Austcare, the first for the international humanitarian aid organisation.
The advertisement will go to air on SBS TV on 21 January and run for six
weeks until early March. It is the first time Austcare has invested in
television advertising to promote their cause and to call for donations to
help fund the many programs they run in 30 different countries across the
Milton travelled to Africa in September 2005 to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and,
while there, visited Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya where Austcare
funds a number of vocational and educational programs.
"I was overawed by the sheer number of refugees in the camp, around 90,000
at the time. If it weren't for organisations like Austcare, they would have
nothing to do and nothing to look forward to. Funding from Austcare has
helped set up courses in dress-making, masonry, agriculture, carpentry and
"This sort of assistance gives refugees hope. They look forward to a time
when they can go home and help to rebuild their communities or perhaps get
a job if they are repatriated to somewhere like Australia," said Milton.
In the advertisement which makes use of much of the footage shot by Milton
and his crew while in Africa, he calls for people to make small donations
that can genuinely change lives.
"As little as $50 can help someone to start a small business and become
self-sufficient and the flow-on effects of that in a community can be
enormous," said Milton, one of Austcare's official ambassadors.
For more information or to make a donation, go to www.austcare.org.au