Live venues share the love with fire fundraisers

Live venues share the love with fire fundraisers

Two of the region's entertainment and dining venues have launched the latest in a flood of fundraisers to support the Australian bushfire disaster appeals.

Settlers Tavern Margaret River has announced a Red Cross Bushfire Appeal Fundraiser Concert to raise much needed funds for victims of the ongoing bushfire emergency.

To be held on Thursday, 16 January, the concert featuring many well-known local musicians will be a mammoth 10+ artist line-up. The event will include silent auctions, raffles and a wide array of prizes.

Starting at 6pm, guests are encouraged to bring the family early for dinner and enjoy free entertainment. From 8.30pm, entry will be $10 and include door prizes. All proceeds will go directly to Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief & Recovery Appeal.

Right on cue our incredibly warm and generous community of musicians, winemakers, businesses and people have stepped up in droves to help out.

Karen Gough, Settlers Tavern

Jeff Bushby, Captain of the Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service will have his crew onsite engaging with the community and collecting donations. One of their valuable fire appliances will be in the carpark and kids are encouraged to join in.

Proprietor of Settlers Tavern Karen Gough said she was feeling depressed that the new year had not brought happiness to all.

"I thought hang on, we can help here, let's get something going to show how we feel. And right on cue our incredibly warm and generous community of musicians, winemakers, businesses and people have stepped up in droves to help out," she said.

"There have been some pretty amazing donations across the board. Please come down and join the effort to help those who have suffered and lost so much."

Live music on the night will include performances from Beth Carlessi, Cody Robson, The Moody Cows, Wil Thomas music, The Nomadics, Tony Lane Music (The Brothers Thin), The Frothers, Howling Onshore, and Oversize.

Money raised from the fundraiser concert will help Red Cross deliver recovery programs, provide emergency assistance, help communities prepare for future disasters, as well as provide training, equipment, logistics and co-ordination of their volunteers.

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Gnarabup bar and bistro The Common will host the Margies Make It Rain Fundraiser on Sunday January 19, featuring another packed line up of local music, raffles and specials.

Kicking off at 2pm, the appeal will feature music from Olive Mae, Albert Gray, and local favourites The Riverbugs as well as a DJ set from Askya + Janga.

Entry to the fundraiser will be via a $5 donation, with presentations from special guests from the local fire services and climate action team.

There will also be opportunities to score amazing art - with one of the largest collections of WA ocean photography being auctioned off on the day. Raffle tickets ($5) will give attendees the chance to win accommodation prizes, tours and yoga passes, restaurant vouchers, wine and much more.

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