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Originally posted by c_au
Right now Oz is awash in a spirit of giving ... kids are emptying their piggy banks, baking and selling cookies, donating their pocket money. If you think this is lame Thich ... well - all I can say is ... sigh ... yeah whatever.
The nation's compassion for victims of the tsunami continues unabated, with more than $15 million pledged during a concert and telethon simulcast on three TV networks tonight.
Australian commercial television networks put aside traditional rivalries for the first time to simultaneously broadcast the fundraising concert from the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.
Millions watched the concert on television as a host of celebrities manned telephones in Melbourne to accept donations for the charity World Vision.
By 2145 AEDT, the tally was up to $15.1 million including $750,000 donations from Channel Seven and Channel Ten, and 500,000 donations from BHP Billiton and McDonalds Australia.