Business Networks Unite for Red Cross Flood Appeal Concert

Australia’s top musicians are set to take center stage for what is expected to be the country’s biggest fundraising event of the year, as the damage bill from the devastating east coast floods steadily rises to $2 billion.

In a rare show of solidarity, the three commercial networks – Seven, Nine and Ten – announced on March 9 that they would unite and broadcast the star-studded telethon event to help the most vulnerable people and communities who have suffered. flooding across Queensland and New South Wales.

The show will start on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. AEDT

According to the last Insurance Council of Australia figures, $1.77 billion in claims were filed by 118,000 people. This figure does not include the uninsured and the economic costs for the regions.

Called Australia unites: Red Cross appeal for floodsthe biggest names in music including Tones And I, Jimmy Barnes, Delta Goodrem, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Hunters and Collectors, The Living End, Casey Donovan and Sheppard will all perform live on Saturday.

television black boxSteve Molk of says the flood appeal is “a show of good faith from all business networks to work together, and is likely to get the best result as people see them working together for a common good cause. “.

Mr Molk said it was “guaranteed” that the networks “will each want to promote their channel”, and then compare which network attracted the most viewership.

“I think it’s largely a Saturday night and the real issue is making as much money as possible.

The hosts of the Flood Call will be the usual big names, including Seven’s SunriseNatalie Barr and David Koch, Sonia Kruger and Mark Ferguson, Scott Cam of Nine (The block), Sylvia Jeffreys (extra today), Andy Lee (the hundred) and Peter Overton.

Carrie Bickmore of Ten (The project), Dr. Chris Brown (i am a celebrity), and radio and television hosts Amanda Keller and Osher Günsberg are confirmed in the lineup.

Australian Red Cross CEO Kym Pfitzner said The new daily On Thursday, the Red Cross was “delighted to partner with major television networks to raise funds for flood-affected areas”.

“We have all seen the enormity of flood damage across large parts of New South Wales and Queensland, and these communities now face a long and difficult road to recovery,” Mr. Pfitzner.

“All who come together will help the Australian Red Cross provide financial assistance to the people and communities most in need.

“We can only give what we collect, so we’re asking everyone to dig deep and really come together to support those who have lost so much,”

The Red Cross confirmed “that all funds raised during the telethon will go to those affected by the floods in the form of direct financial aid”.

Huge crowds gathered on the steps of the Sydney Opera House for the 2005 concert and performance. Picture: Youtube

Not the first time

Mr Molk says the last time there was a show of unity on such a large scale between the highly competitive networks was 17 years ago after the earthquake and ocean tsunami Indian on Boxing Day in 2004.

For the first time ever, the three networks combined for Australia Units: Reaching Asia, a historic telethon held on January 8, 2005, raising $20 million for the aid organization World Vision.

The telethon took place at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, now known as Marvel Stadium, with an outdoor concert held outside the Sydney Opera House which included performances by Jet, Spiderbait, Missy Higgins, Killing Heidi, Kasey Chambers, Noiseworks, The Dissociatives, Guy Sebastian and Alex Lloyd.

Hosts from the various networks, including Nine’s Eddie McGuire and Ten’s Rove McManus, anchored the show in the studio as they walked through key reporters at various locations across the country and abroad.

The Nine Veteran 60 minutes Journalist Ray Martin has been on the ground in Aceh, Sumatra, outside a government hospital, since the tsunami hit and showed firsthand the devastation.

The network extra today Host and entertainment journalist Richard Wilkins was backstage live at the Sydney Opera House, while Ten comedian Peter Hellier roamed the Green Room to talk to celebrities who were willing to work on the phones for make a lot of money.

Seven’s Kochie, Larry Emdur and Mel Doyle did an outside broadcast from the Opera House and put their competitive assets to good use together.

Sound Relief – Black Saturday 2009

Among the most moving performances of the March 14, 2009 Sound Relief event was the rock band Hunters and Collectors, singing their signature hit and the unofficial national anthem. Throw your arms around me.

There wasn’t a dry eye among the 82,000 MCG crowd that night, and there’s no doubt the Hunters will revisit this classic on Saturday night when they answer the call again to help communities in mourning.

Wolfmother, Split Enz, Paul Kelly, Kylie Minogue and Midnight Oil also joined the choir that year.

The concerts at Sound Relief Stadium in Melbourne and at the SCG in Sydney have raised more than $8 million for the families of victims and survivors of Black Saturday and the Queensland floods.

Organized by the late Michael Gudinski, it remarked at the time: “There is no doubt in my mind that Sound Relief will long remain one of the most important events in Australia’s rich musical history.

Proceeds from a compilation of four DVDs were used to fund Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Projects, which develop programs and resources to better prepare communities for disasters.

bushfire relief concert
Alice Cooper at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park for the Fire Fight Australia relief concert on February 15. Photo: AAP

Hosted by comedian Celeste Barber (who alone raised $51 million via her Instagram), the Artists Unite for Fire Fight Australia: Concert for National Bushfire Relief in 2020 was only broadcast by 7 and Foxtel, but has attracted a huge line-up including Alice Cooper, 5 Seconds of Summer and Amy Shark.

Held over five weeks, featuring 23 artists and bands and reaching an audience of one million, promoter TEG Dainty has confirmed that over $11 million has been raised.

Funds have been distributed to rescue and relief organizations, for recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

‘The money you raised helps rural and regional Australian communities who are still on the long road to recovery after the devastating 2019/20 bushfire season,’ TEG’s chief executive said at the time. , Geoff Jones.

“As we face another huge challenge for our country with coronavirus, it’s a great reminder of the Australian spirit that always shines when we face difficult times together.”

The three networks will jointly present Australia unites: Red Cross appeal for floodslive on Saturday March 12 at 7:30 p.m., AEDT.

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