Julian Keith, Media and Communications Manager, Bankwest Stadium
Crystelle Cordero, Media and Communications Manager, ANZ Stadium

Big or small, everything counts when it comes to the devastating bushfires that have ravaged communities in rural and regional Australia over the past few months. . . and VenuesLive staff have been going above and beyond to help those in need.

Separate to donating money, food and clothing to various charity funds, a special mention needs to go to the ANZ Stadium kitchen staff led by Sous Chef Martin Dulke who helped in the best way they knew how: baking with love.

“With the help of some donated product from our partners, we decided to jump in the kitchen and make something for the volunteers doing an amazing job fighting the fires on the South Coast and Southern Highlands,” said Chef Martin.

Kangaroo Valley Rural Fire Station

“We managed to bake more than 1100 salted chocolate brownies as a nice treat for the people working so hard to combat the effects of these horrible fires.”

Martin and his partner Michelle have also regularly been heading down to the Southern Highlands to take part in animal rescue efforts – scouring the bush for wildlife impacted by the fires.

As well as the brownies, Martin will hand-delivered more than 5000 easily-heated pork buns kindly donated by Lotus & Ming, one of the Stadium’s suppliers.

It was a special day on Friday 24 January when Bankwest Stadium was christened with their first concert by Cold Chisel. And for around 3000 NSW RFS volunteers, the evening was one they’ll never forget.

Attending as guests of the NSW Government, Venues NSW and VenuesLive, the volunteers were able to kick back and relax for a night with their family and friends – the first time in weeks for many.

The bushfire relief and rebuild effort continued throughout the night as well with official tour charity Foodbank collecting donations at the concert. Through gold coin donations, Foodbank were able to raise much-needed funds that will aid in delivering food and groceries to bushfire-affected regions.

Next week ANZ Stadium will be hosting Fire Fight Australia, a sold-out bushfire relief concert on Sunday 16 February, with international and local music icons uniting for Australia during its time of need. Fire Fight Australia will be hosted by writer, actor and comedian Celeste Barber, who has already raised more than $52 million towards bushfire relief through her own record-breaking online appeal.

Global rock legends Queen + Adam Lambert will take a short break from their Australian ‘The Rhapsody Tour’ to grace the stage for a second time in the wake of their sold out ANZ Stadium performance the night before to perform a special set. Grammy Award winning Canadian singer songwriter k.d. lang will perform two songs including her stunning rendition of “Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen classic. Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper is also set to appear along with a cavalcade of Australian music industry heavy weights. See the full of performers list here.

And the charity events don’t end there.

On Saturday 23 May, the Australian sporting community will unite for the Football For Fires exhibition match at ANZ Stadium. Two teams of legendary footballers will be selected to play for the Firefighters All Stars versus SES All Stars competing for the Football For Fires Cup, with game-day kits for each team being developed by Kappa.The blockbuster game is set to feature some of the world’s highest profile past and present players, including Didier Drogba, David Trezeguet and Dwight Yorke.

Current Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold and former Socceroos Head Coach Guus Hiddink will go head-to-head as coaches of the Firefighters All Stars v SES All Stars, with the match raising funds for the restoration and improvement of local football clubs and facilities in fire-affected areas.

A big heart-felt thank you to everyone in the VenuesLive team who is helping with these amazing fundraising events!