January 20, 2020 / By Rosie Stevens
It’s been a rough start to 2020 for Australia. Many people are feeling helpless in the face of so much destruction. But Canberrans are not ones to sit on their hands and a range of concerts and special events are planned for the coming weeks to benefit bushfire victims' and wildlife charities across the ACT and NSW
So here are just some of the events we've uncovered. If you know of more, please let us know.
Easts Rugby Club Community bushfire fundraiser
Where: Griffith Oval, Captain Cook Cres, Griffith
When: Saturday 18 January, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
What to expect: Market Day with group fitness sessions, food trucks, coffee, BBQ, jumping castles, face painting live music and fames for the kids. All proceeds to ACT RFS and South Coast communities.
Rain Dance CBR fundraising concert
Where: University of Canberra, 1 Kirinari St, Bruce ACT, Canberra,
When: Sunday 19 January 5.00 pm – 20 January 10.00 pm
What to expect: Live music by Hands Like Houses, Young Monks, Citizen Kay, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers & Sputnik Sweetheart with all proceeds going to WIRES & NSW RFS.
Australia Day Weekend
Raise the fun Fest at Captain's Flat
Where: Captains Flat Hotel, 51 Foxlow St, Captains Flat, NSW
When: Friday 24 January, 5.00 pm – Sunday 26 January, 12.00 am
What to expect: Aussie legend Jeff Lang heads up a huge lineup of local bands with children’s entertainment, and great pub food. All funds to NSW RFS and Wildcare Queanbeyan.
2020 Visions at Mr Wolf
Where: Mr Wolf, 122 Alinga Street, Canberra
When: Friday 24 January, from 7.00 pm
What to expect: Canberra Rapper Jedbrii has decided to turn their show at Mr Wolf into an RSF fundraiser. They are supported by Groovy Daughter and Pleased to Jive You.
Fire fight exhibition at a secret location
When: Friday 24 January, from 6.00 pm
What to expect: Due to an overwhelming response of visual artists, the organisers of the Fire Fight concert have a second fundraiser with an exhibition featuring art from over 30 Canberra region creatives with a silent auction, DJs and drinks. All funds go to the RFS.
Australia Day concert
Where: Commonwealth Park
When: Sunday 26 January, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
What to expect: The usual Australia Day fireworks in Canberra have been replaces with a morning concert with artists including Nicole Millar and Japanese Wallpaper, supported by local Monica Moore. There'll also be food trucks, kids entertainment, rides and plenty of fun for all.
WIRES fundraiser at Gundaroo Pub
Where:Gundaroo Colonial Inn, 23 Cork Street, Gundaroo
When: Sunday 26 January,12.00 pm – 8.00 pm
What to expect: Yabbie races, thong throwing contests, lamington eating competition, classic tunes and singalongs, fun for the kids plus a buffet with native Aussie ingredients.
Australia Day Fundraiser at The Dock!
Where:The Dock, 7/81 Giles St, Kingston
When: Sunday 26 January, 5.00 pm - 11.30 pm
What to expect: Food and drinks, live music, raffles, auctions and lots more. All money going to the Smith family from Bodalla, who lost father John to the fires, leaving behind wife Josie and 10 year old daughter Emerald.
Raw Bars Disaster Relief Fundraiser
Where: sideway, 21 East Row, Canberra
When: Thursday, February 6, 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
What to expect: Line up includes OC, Cappo, Sleazy-S, Shaka J, The BRB and LLDJ. All proceeds go straight to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Foundation.
Bushfire fundraiser at Hotel Queanbeyan
Where: Hotel Queanbeyan, 59 crawford st, Queanbeyan
When: 8 February from 2.30 pm
What to expect: food, drink, raffles, live music and a live auction. All proceeds NSW Rural Fire Services.
Bushfire Relief Gala
Where: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
When: Friday, February 14, 6:30 pm – 10.00 pm
What to expect: This Bushfire Relief Gala will include food, drinks and music by Smooth Ops Band plus a silent and live raffle. All proceeds will go to BlazeAid and Braidwood Life Centre.
Furry Friends Fundraiser Trivia Night
Where: Eastlake Football Club - 3 Oxley St, Canberra ACT 2603
When: Saturday, 22 February, 6.00 pm - 10.00 pm
What to expect: Raising funds for three amazing charities: 4Lyfe Rescue, Wildlife Guardian Fund and Wildcare Queanbeyan, hosted by Scooby and Friends Dog Grooming.
Canberra Comedy Bushfire Fundraiser
Where:Greek Hall, Corner of Campbell and Collett St, Queanbeyan
When: Friday, 20 March, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
What to expect: Details to be advised. All funds to Native Koala Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
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