FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA Concert broadcast supports FRRR

Bendigo, 11 February 2020: Fire-affected communities will get a boost this weekend, with funds raised during the broadcast of the FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA Concert for National Bushfire Relief, going towards the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.

Fire Fight Australia Concert television broadcast supports FRRR

The Seven Network, its affiliates, and Foxtel will televise the sold-out FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA concert from ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park live from 1pm AEDT on Sunday, 16 February. A host of international and local music icons are on the bill.

Viewers will be encouraged to donate via www.firefightaustralia.com to support communities impacted by the worst bushfire season in living memory.

FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA is hosted by Celeste Barber. It will feature global rock legends Queen + Adam Lambert, global superstar Michael Bublé (via live cross), Grammy award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, along with a cavalcade of Australian music industry heavyweights (in alphabetical order): 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, ICEHOUSE, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John, Peking Duk, Pete Murray, Tina Arena and William Barton.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), said the organisation is thrilled to be the charity partner for the televised broadcast of the FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA Concert for National Bushfire Relief.

“FRRR is grateful for everyone’s continued generosity and sense of community. Experience matters, and from our work over the last 14 years supporting local communities in rural, regional and remote areas in their recovery from disasters, we know that the recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint. FRRR will be there to support communities on the long road ahead, providing funding for locally-identified needs throughout their recovery.”

FRRR knows the impacts of the fires will not be the same in any two communities, and it will be local community leaders who recognise what will make the biggest difference in their community.

Funds from the FRRR Fire Fight Fund will be distributed through our flexible Strengthening Rural Communities program to support medium to long-term recovery. We expect the first fire-relief round to open in September 2020. In addition, FRRR are already working with affected communities on how best to support their priorities.

FRRR will also use the donated funds to provide additional Back to School vouchers to support impacted children and families, so they can have the uniform and stationery supplies needed to ensure they are equipped and ready to learn. These will be a distributed by May 2020, and FRRR will continue to monitor what additional support might be required in future years.

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