Fire Fight Australia has raised $9.5million for bushfire relief so far

With more expected to roll in from international broadcasts

Fire Fight Australia organisers put the amount of money raised so far by the massive bushfire benefit concert at $9.5million, they announced late on Sunday (February 16).

Promoters TEG Dainty and TEG Live announced the figure in a press release, noting that more donations are expected, especially as the show is televised in the US and UK in the coming weeks.

The sold-out, daylong event saw 75,000 fans crowd into Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on February 16. A slate of international and Aussie artists played for 9.5 hours in total.

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TEG note that $9.5million is not a final number, as international broadcasts of Fire Fight Australia will run until mid-May, and they intend to collect donations from accompanying calls to action up until then.

In the press release, TEG note they have engaged Deloitte to review the numbers and provide a “post event report detailing revenues, expenses and confirmation of the final donations to the various charities”.

The money was raised in a variety of ways, including tickets to Fire Fight Australia, direct donations via the official Fire Fight Australia website, merchandise (including an official Fire Fight Australia t-shirt), and F&B purchases at ANZ Stadium.

It will be donated to a number of charities, including Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, RSPCA Bushfire Appeal, The BizRebuild program, and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Fire Fight Fund.

International artists who performed at Fire Fight Australia include Canadian artist k.d. lang, who performed a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, plus Queen and Adam Lambert, who played the band’s iconic 1985 Live Aid setlist “for the first time in [the band’s] history”.

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Aussie artists who played the concert included John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Daryl Braithwaite, Hilltop Hoods, Icehouse, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Peking Duk and many more.

The event was hosted by Aussie comedian Celeste Barber, who raised more than $50million for bushfire relief with a social media fundraiser of her own.

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