Concert to host Yarloop fire victims

Letitia Busniak, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian

Fundraisers for bushfire-ravaged Yarloop have stretched across the Mid West the past month, but those heading out to tonight's Fire Benefit Concert might just find an extra reason to dig deep.

Residents and local firefighters of Yarloop, who battled on the front line of the blaze, are expected to be among the crowd at Nukara Farm for the Midwest Southwest Fire Benefit Concert Fundraiser.

Joining them will also be firefighters from across the State, including Mid West divisions of the WA Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Co-organiser Anne Williams, along with John David and Darryl Ingvarson, said they were hoping to raise $30,000 for fire victims, with funds to go to people really in need.

“We’re going to have a few people from Yarloop at the concert and we’re also going to have a reflective moment so people are really able to take in what we’re here for,” she said.

“We want to make sure that the money goes to those really in need of it. The small business owners who aren’t going to get much from other relief funds are a priority.

“We’re hoping to work with the Lions Club down there so we are able to get these funds out to those desperate for it as soon as we can.”

Though the benefit is in response to serious circumstance, the concert will take on a completely different tone with organisers promoting a family fun day.

The concert line-up is full of A-list local acts, including Josh Phillips, Songbird, C4, Zane Lauder, DJ Felix de CAT, Stratospherics and Folklore, among a few.

Auctions, food stalls and kids’ entertainment will also be on display.

Mr David, who generated the idea for the concert, said the Mid West was in store for a wonderful show.

“There will be a wide range of great entertainment, bags of good food, there will be laughs, there will be tears and there will be the deep satisfaction of knowing we did our best,” he said.

Tickets are on sale for $20 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-16 and free for kids under five.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate from 3pm or for presale at the Geraldton CD Centre.

The event is cash only and will run from 4pm to 9.30pm with strictly no camping.

Attendees are also welcome to BYO alcohol and picnics.

Visit the concert Facebook page here.

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