The upcoming Maleny Bushfire Relief Benefit Concert will raise money for the firies, affected communities, native animals and bushland rehabilitation.
The Maleny RSL is providing the hall, staging and lights for the event for free, as some of the Coast’s and Brisbane’s best musicians come together to sing with soul for a cause that is close to their hearts. For the past month, benefit organiser Linsey Pollak has been busy working behind the scenes with the performers and event volunteers, to bring the community an event to remember.
“We are hoping to raise $10,000 that will go to the Maleny Rural Fire Brigade, the WWF Australia Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund and the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund,”
Mr Pollak says.
“The bushfire relief ticket admission donation fee is $50 and benefit supporters have the option of choosing one of the three funds to support by putting their donation in one of the three boxes at the venue door on arrival.”
Musicians who are donating their time, include Andrea Kirwin (pictured), Hayden Hack, Mr Pollak, Lizzie O’Keefe and Louise King.
Ms Kirwin, a Nambour-based musician who will be kicking off the show, says as soon as Mr Pollak asked her to be involved, she immediately said yes. “I think as artists, we are community builders and connect people from different walks of life. I play a lot of charity events and after the fire season we’ve had, I’m glad I can give back through donating my time and talents.”
Ms Kirwin will also be performing alongside a performer she first met in 2008 at the Dreaming Festival, in Woodford. “I have also performed with Shenzo Gregorio as part of the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols a few years back. The lineup is incredible. Lots of favourites on the bill and I’m honoured to be a part of it,” Ms Kirwin shares.
It’s not the first time Ms Kirwin has performed at a bushfire fundraising event, as she donated her services at the Peregian Beach Hotel earlier in the month. “I’m sure everyone’s energy will lend itself to make the evening an unforgettable one,” she says.
There will also be a raffle on the night and all funds will be donated to Koala Rescue Queensland. One of the community volunteers has been making crocheted koalas, which are proving popular with the locals.
Food and drink will be available to purchase at the event, which promises to be a great night to get your loved ones together and meet new members of the community. There are no presale tickets so be sure to get your friends and family together to get in early. The event is at Maleny RSL, Bunya Street on Saturday, March 7 from 6.30pm. For more information, contact Mr Pollak at firstname.lastname@example.org.