Red Cross & ABC Unite On NYE To Support Bushfire-Affected Communities

The ABC and City of Sydney have partnered with the Australian Red Cross this New Year’s Eve on a joint appeal for disaster relief and recovery, which will help support communities affected by bushfires across the country.

ABC hosts Zan Rowe and Charlie Pickering will drive the call for donations as they host our Party of the Decades concert, live from the Sydney Opera House, starring some of Australia’s top performers. Soulful singer-songwriter Marlon Williams, the Cruel Sea’s Tex Perkins, Augie March guitarist singer-songwriter Glenn Richards, American rapper Aloe Blacc, rock chick Natalie Foster, jazz bassist Steve Kilby and legendary musician Russell “The Real Thing” Morris are all on board to welcome in the new year.

Funds raised on the night will help the Red Cross continue its essential disaster relief and recovery work, giving people the support they need in emergencies, now and into the future. The Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund includes recovery programs, practical support and emergency grants for communities affected by the ongoing bushfires.

Donations will help the Red Cross:

  • Train staff and volunteers to be ready to respond as soon as a disaster happens;
  • Teach and support communities in disaster-prone regions to better prepare for disasters;
  • Help affected communities to recover from emergencies – in outback towns, metropolitan cities or small Pacific islands;
  • Train and send specialist aid workers to assist local Red Cross volunteers and staff in countries affected by major disasters; and
  • Maintain stocks of critical disaster response equipment.

Donations can be made via the Australian Red Cross:

Online at:        

Or by calling:           1800 733 276

The NYE live concert will be broadcast across Australia via ABC TV, iview and ABC Radio and the world via ABC Australia and ABC Online.

The Party of the Decades concert will also feature Kate Miller-Heidke, Phil Jamieson, Vika and Linda Bull, Angie Hart, Mojo Juju, Adrian Eagle and Casey Donovan, as they perform memorable songs from recent decades. From the rock ‘n’ roll classics of the 60s, to the high tempo disco hits of the 70s and present-day classics – the hits will keep coming.

Before they rock the main stage from 9.30pm, families can enjoy the New Year’s Eve House Party with music, games and dancing. Hosted by Susie Youssef and Nazeem Hussain and featuring performances by Baker Boy, Regurgitator and Shonen Knife, this New Year’s Eve show will have everything you need to get the party started from the comfort of your own home. Expect celebrity appearances, some of your favourite ABC KIDS and ABC ME stars and a countdown that will travel the country before the fireworks at 9pm.

The ABC’s NYE schedule:

8.30pm          New Year’s Eve House Party

9.00pm          Family Fireworks

9.08pm          Calling Country

9.30pm          Party of the Decades and the drive to donate to Red Cross.

12.00am        Midnight Fireworks

Media Release: Australian Broadcasting Corporation