The recent bushfires have caused catastrophic damage across Australia and burnt more than six million hectares of land. Across NSW and the ACT, the fires have ravaged since early December 2019. They have burnt approximate five million hectares of land. It is by far one of the very worst natural disasters in living memory – and it is a long way from being over.
Singer/actor and local resident JOHN WATERS, has decided to help his community and bring some much needed assistance to those who have lost their homes and livelihood in the Southern Highlands region. John has called upon colleagues and mates to come together for a special concert that will raise money and spirits for those in need.
FireAid2020 will be held on Friday, 24th January at The Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, Bowral. Gates to open at 2pm with the show to start at 3pm. The concert will be hosted by Julia Zemiro and appearing alongside John Waters will be Darryl Braithwaite, John Paul Young, Megan Washington, Jack Jones, Margaret Urlich, Leo Sayer, Stewart D’Arrietta with the songs of Leonard Cohen and more. Justine Clarke will also join in to entertain the kids. More names to be announced soon.
“All of us want to do something; but I realised I had the power of public recognition and that I had a lot of friends in the music and entertainment industry with a lot more of that power than me, and the idea of FireAid2020 ‘The Concert’ was born. As much as raising funds, this FireAid2020 concert is about community spirit; about unconditional love for each other; about fire-in-the-belly action. Rock On Australia!” – John Waters
Net proceeds from this event will go to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief and directed to the Southern Highland division to directly assist locals affected by recent bushfires in the Southern Highlands and South Coast region.
“Australia is in a time of genuine crisis. Like so many other communities around the country, The Southern Highlands have been affected by the horror of fire and loss. As a community we can do what always works: Band together. Work together. Support one another. Music is also a way to allow our emotions out- to cry, to sing along, to maybe smile again for a while. As a newish resident to Bowral, I am humbled to be hosting FireAid2020, an event John Waters has pulled together with a little help from his friends.” – Julia Zemiro
Artwork created by Reg Mombassa
FireAid2020 could not happen without the artists and the many organisations that have lent their support to this event.
John Waters would like to especially give thanks to the Wingecarribe Shire Council and Peter Hales of the Bong Bong Racecourse who freely offered their support and assistance in confirming this event – even during the height of the fire emergency in the local region.
FireAid2020 – Friday, 24th January Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, Bowral- gates open at 2:00pm
This is an all-ages event – tickets $65 per adult, $20 under 16s
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