Australia Unites: Reach Out To Asia

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Australia Unites: Reach Out To Asia
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1
Running time approx 6 hours
Original network Seven Network
Nine Network
Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV),
576p (EDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Original release 8 January 2005

Australia Unites: Reach Out To Asia was a telethon held in Australia on 8 January 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).[1] 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, A$15,198,329.20 had been raised. However, the switchboards continued after the programme, and over A$20 million had been raised, boosting private Australian aid to over A$140 million.


  1. ^ "Ten years ago: Australia Unites". TelevisionAU. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2017.