Falls Fest Bushfire Relief Fund Raises Nearly $120,000

30 December 2015 | 1:11 pm | Staff Writer

"The money donated will go to support Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery work with the communities affected..."

In amazing news, Falls Festival's freshly released Bushfire Relief NYE tickets have sold out, raising nearly $120,000 for the Red Cross in helping local communities affected by the bushfires along the Victorian surf coast.

The initiative will be ongoing over the next two days of the festival, with 100% of donations heading towards disaster relief.

Red Cross's executive director of Victoria, Penny Harrison, said, "Red Cross thanks the Falls Festival organisers and patrons for their very generous donations. The money donated will go to support Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery work with the communities affected by the catastrophic Surf Coast bushfires.

"Recovery from a disaster of any scale can be a long and difficult process, taking months and sometimes years. Our staff and volunteers will be there providing support and advice for as long as it is needed."

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The Lorne, Victoria leg of the festival was moved at the eleventh hour to Mount Duneed Estate, and with temperatures expected of nearly 40 degrees Celsius on NYE, emergency services maintain that the decision to move the event was the right one.
Falls' co-producer Jessica Ducrou, said, "The support of our local community throughout the year is very important to the success of the event and our hearts are broken for those in the area affected by this disaster. We will continue to work with residents, councils and local businesses to do everything we can to help get our community back on its feet.
"We have been overwhelmed with the response from our patrons and communities and their willingness to assist us in the move of the festival in just over 24 hours, which was no mean feat. We ask that people continue to dig deep and spare a thought for those who are in need and help us raise money, awareness and support."