The Wiggles have revealed that they raised over $150,000 for WIRES and Australian Red Cross with their recent reunion shows. The original lineup of the iconic children’s group performed two shows at Castle Hill RSL in Sydney during January.
Jeff Fatt (the original Purple Wiggle), Murray Cook (Red), Greg Page (Yellow) and Anthony Field (Blue) organised the concerts to raise funds for the aforementioned charities’ bushfire appeals. The band took to social media last week (July 3) to announce the total sum donated.
“So much has happened since theses shows but we wanted to take a moment to officially say THANK YOU! With your help, over $150,000 was raised for WIRES & The Red Cross Aus,” the band wrote on Twitter.
“It was wonderful to come together as a community to raise some much needed funds.”
So much has happened since theses shows but we wanted to take a moment to officially say THANK YOU! With your help, over $150,000 was raised for WIRES & The Red Cross Aus. It was wonderful to come together as a community to raise some much needed funds ❤️💛💜💙 pic.twitter.com/pWRfOe4rzL
— The Wiggles (@TheWiggles) July 3, 2020
On January 17, during the first of the band’s reunion shows, Yellow Wiggle Greg Page went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital. Page, who had not performed with the Wiggles since 2016, has a history of health problems.
Current wiggles, Emma and Simon, filled in for Page at the second charity concert.
Greg Page was discharged from hospital on January 22.
“We are happy to let you know that he has been discharged from hospital today and will now begin a journey of rest and recovery at home,” the band wrote on social media at the time.
In June, the current Wiggles lineup announced a series of drive-in shows at Sydney’s Raging Waters. The beloved children’s act will perform six shows at the water park during July.