FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA’S A$11.1 MILLION FUNDRAISING HELPED COMMUNITIES IN RECOVERY FROM BUSHFIRE DISASTER

16. Feb

2021

TEG is proud to report that the A$11.1 million proceeds from FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA one year ago today have been successfully deployed to support hundreds of aid projects, helping dozens of communities, thousands of families and countless wildlife in their recovery from the worst Australian bushfire season in living memory.

The historic 10-hour concert was watched by a passionate sold-out audience of 75,000 fans at Stadium Australia in Sydney’s Olympic Park and millions on the Seven Network and Foxtel as well as worldwide through Fox and its affiliates. FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA featured stunning musical performances from 23 international and Australian superstar acts who generously donated their time and talent.

The $11.1m proceeds went towards key organisations providing vital Rescue, Relief & Recovery, Rehabilitation and Rebuilding, as follows:
• o RESCUE: Rural and regional fire & rescue services in affected states;
• o RELIEF & RECOVERY: Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery;
• o REHABILITATION: RSPCA Bushfire Appeal; and
• o REBUILDING: The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, PCYC, the BCA’s BizRebuild program.

TEG wishes to once again thank the fans, whose generosity in buying tickets, merchandise, food and drink at the event and donating during the telecast has made a positive difference to people affected by the bushfires by making projects such as the following possible:

RESCUE: “Many of the CFS volunteers on Kangaroo Island in South Australia who were impacted by the fires were farmers that lost everything – their homes, their livestock, their fencing, all their personal possessions, yet continued to fight the bushfires to try and save their neighbours and other parts of the Island. The money given to them by the CFS Foundation via donations from organisations such as FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA was invaluable in assisting them start to rebuild their lives,” Gloria Berni, Chief Executive Officer, the CFS Foundation (South Australia).

RELIEF & RECOVERY: “FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA’s generous donation to Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery fund in the aftermath of the summer bushfires has made a huge difference, helping people find somewhere safe to live, make urgent repairs to homes or meet medical expenses. Over the last year, around 5,900 people received one or more grants from the Red Cross fund. Donations also contributed to ensuring trained emergency services teams were able to provide critical support to around 50,000 people in evacuation centres and today, Red Cross teams are still present, helping communities in 46 regions on their road to recovery,” Andrew Coghlan, Australian Red Cross Head of Emergency Services.

REHABILITATION: “Funds from the FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA concert have been committed towards projects focused on protecting Australian wildlife into the future across Australia. These include upgrading wildlife care facilities, creating specific capabilities to rescue, triage and treat animals affected by bushfires, and working collaboratively with other partners to help address the needs and gaps we’ve identified,” RSPCA Australia CEO Richard Mussell.

REBUILDING: “FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA’s donation to the BizRebuild program helped to retool 350 tradies across 100 fire affected communities. They include Byron, a local carpenter, who lives in Coolagolite near Cobargo town. He was doing a job and had left his tools on site at the Salway’s Property, when the firestorm hit on NYE. He managed to save his house from burning but expressed that so much was lost with his sisters neighbouring house burnt the ground and sheds containing equipment and tools. He was very appreciative of the re-tooling voucher,” Leanne Close, Coordinator – BizRebuild, Business Council of Australia.

• • A quote from Byron the carpenter: “Thank you for the BizRebuild voucher, it has meant a lot to our business, we have been able to replace our bushfire damaged fence surrounding our herb garden, herbs which we use in the manufacture of our skincare range Saarinen Organics. With coronavirus following so close to the fires, it has been a double hit to our income, support like this means a huge amount to our business viability, future, our own mental health, and the local economy, as we used the voucher locally 4km away at the Wyndham general store. This is great support to people and community. Thank you.”

Geoff Jones, CEO of TEG, said: “It’s hard to believe that FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA was just a year ago, given all that has happened to our industry, let alone the world, since. We are proud that the money raised through the concert has made a positive difference to communities that are still recovering from the devastating bushfires of 2019/20.

“Our thanks again to the 23 artists and bands and to over 1500 suppliers and volunteers that helped ensure we were able to achieve that amazing result by providing services at cost or free of charge. It was an enormous effort from the music industry to pull the concert together in five weeks and we are proud of what we achieved through our collective effort.

“We are all looking forward to the day soon when we can reconnect once again through the unbeatable power of live music at scale.”

TEG also wishes to thank Stadium Australia, FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA’s broadcast partners and its sponsor partners, including Sony, Fetch, Cotton On and WISE – It’s In Your Hands.