The ABC will welcome in the new year by partnering with Lifeline and Kids Helpline in a joint appeal to help fund frontline services and crisis support. The annual New Year’s Eve broadcast, live from the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, will bring communities together for a night of music, fun and fireworks.
Lifeline and Kids Helpline are the leading providers of crisis support and suicide prevention in Australia, with over 1 million Australians reaching out each year; this demand for counselling services has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. Together, we can help raise funds to provide connection and hope for the thousands of people who call both services every minute, so no person in Australia needs to face their darkest moments alone.
Hosts Zan Rowe and Charlie Pickering will be driving the callout for donations as they host our We Are One Live Concert, live from the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl starring some of Australia’s top performers including Paul Kelly & Friends, Amy Shark, DMA’s, Vera Bluey, Teskey Brothers, Casey Donovan, Odette and Ben Lee. Before they rock the main stage, families can enjoy the New Year’s Eve Early Night Show hosted by Rove McManus, Kiki Masella and Chenelle Carr who will present a variety show with everything you need to get the party started from the comfort of your own home.
Director of ABC Regional & Local, Judith Whelan said, “I think many of us are looking forward to farewelling 2020. It’s been a very tough year for so many Australians and this partnership with Lifeline and Kids Helpline gives us all the chance to show support where it is most needed. The ABC has put together a terrific show to see out the year. I know our audiences will enjoy the great line-up of Australian talent and I hope everyone will dig deep to help those most in need.”
Lifeline Australia’s CEO, Colin Seery said, “More people have been reaching out for support this year, than at any other time in our 57-year history. As we stay up to watch the fireworks this New Year’s Eve, our Crisis Supporters will be on-shift, answering calls and keeping people safe. It’s our hope that Australian’s will rally behind the ABC in their support of Lifeline and Kids Helpline to help us ensure that each and every night, there is someone there to take the call from a person who needs our support.”
yourtown CEO, Tracy Adams said, “Our Kids Helpline service continues to experience increased demand, it is critical that we are able to respond to children and young people in the moment that they need help. As we embark on a new year we don’t expect to see a decline any time soon, in fact, as Australia rebuilds, the need for counselling and support services will only continue. We share a commitment with Lifeline of being there when we are needed at any time.
Funds raised on the night will enable Lifeline and Kids Helpline to keep providing lifesaving crisis counselling to Australians in need and support frontline services – helping more people to answer more calls.
Donations can be made via Lifeline and Kids Helpline online at: nye2020donate.com or by calling: 1800 950 748
The full live concert will be broadcast to Australia via ABC TV, ABC iview and from 10pm AEDT will also be simulcast on ABC Radio. The rest of the world can watch the concert via ABC Australia and ABC Online. The ABC will also broadcast an audio description of the fireworks.
8.30pm New Year’s Eve Early Night Show
9.05pm Welcome to Country
9.10pm We are One Live Concert
12.00am Midnight Fireworks
Media Release: Australian Broadcasting Corporation