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Australia Unites: Reach Out To Asia

Australia Unites: Reach Out To Asia was a telethon held in Australia on January 8, 2005. The telethon raised money for World Vision, as a part of the humanitarian response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. It was telecast on the three commercial television networks (the Seven Network, the Nine Network and Network Ten, by ABC Asia Pacific and through regional stations as well). It was the first time all three television networks produced a telethon as a unit. It was also simulcast on the Triple M network, Mix 94.5 Perth, ARN (Mix and Classic Hits), and Nova stations.

It was held in two locations:

The program also included crosses to Seven's Chris Reason and Molly Meldrum and Nine's Ray Martin and Christine Spiteri from the areas affected by the tsunami.

At end of broadcast, AUD15,198,329.20 had been raised. However, the switchboards continued after the programme, and over AUD 20 million had been raised, boosting private Australian aid to over AUD 140 million.

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