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Fire Fight Australia, the ten hour extravaganza concert that took place last night in Sydney has raised an astonishing $9.5million towards bushfire relief.
Fire Fight featured Queen + Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, Olivia Newton John, Daryl Braithwaite, Grinspoon, Delta Goodrem, Hilltop Hoods, John Farnham, Tina Arena, Pete Murray, and other sensational artists.
More donations expected when the show is televised in the United States and the United Kingdom in the coming days.
The historic concert also raised Australia’s sprits in the wake of the most devastating bushfire season in living memory.
A passionate sold-out audience of 75,000 fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney’s Olympic Park enjoyed 9.5-hours of stunning performances from international and Australian superstars who generously donated their time and talent to the concert, hosted fantastically by writer, actor and comedian Celeste Barber.
The $9.5 million raised so far will go to the following causes and organisations, which have been carefully selected to assist Australian communities with short, medium and long-term recovery from the devastating bushfire season of 2019/2020:
All concert profits will go towards key organisations providing vital Rescue, Relief & Recovery, Rehabilitation and Rebuilding, as follows:
RESCUE: Rural and regional fire & rescue services in affected states; o RELIEF & RECOVERY: Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery;
REHABILITATION: RSPCA Bushfire Appeal; and
REBUILDING: TheBizRebuildprogram. All donations made through firefightaustralia.com will go directly to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s FIRE FIGHT FUND to ensure local community groups can access support throughout their recovery journey, when the time is right for them. For more information visit: https://www.frrr.org.au/FRRR-Fire-Fight-Fund.
All donations collected at ANZ Stadium during the event will go to the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal. Geoff Jones, CEO of TEG, said: “What a day and what a night it has been. Our huge thanks are owed to the 23 artists and bands and to the many companies and people who donated their time and services to make FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA happen.”
“Thank you too to the fans, whose generosity in buying tickets, merchandise, food and drink and donating through firefightaustralia.com has helped FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA raise $9.5 million so far to support Australia’s short, medium and long-term recovery from the bushfires.
Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY, said: “We are overjoyed at the response from all of the fans here tonight at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and around the world. From the first conversation with Queen’s manager, Jim Beach, the band’s immediate response to support this amazing event was what set everything in motion.
“We want to give a special shout out to Celeste Barber for hosting this historic event, she has been one of the greatest supporters and we thank her.”
As international broadcasts will run until mid-May, donations will be accepted until then. The final total will be announced at the conclusion of international broadcasts.