'Play it forward' to fire zones on Australia Day

DIG DEEP: Organisers Clr Matt Brown, Brendon Comber, Carol McGregor, Karen Ronning and Cameron McDonald.
DIG DEEP: Organisers Clr Matt Brown, Brendon Comber, Carol McGregor, Karen Ronning and Cameron McDonald.

If you'd like to help out your fellow Aussies this Australia Day, a bushfire relief concert could be the perfect activity for you.

Play It Forward will be hosted by the Kiama and District Business Chamber at Hindmarsh Park on Sunday, January 26, with the support of Kiama Council, the Kiama Leagues Club and Destination Kiama.

Chamber President Cameron McDonald said each organisation had "chipped in" a significant amount of financial support to hold Play It Forward.

"It's a great example of how the Kiama community always works together when it comes to helping others in need," he said.

Mr McDonald said he was thrilled to have the services of local Brendon Comber, who will produce the concert.

"Brendon is known to many of us because of his great work bringing the Kiama community together following the Indian Ocean Tsunami some 15 years ago," he said.

"Since then he has been involved in the production, event direction and music direction of countless events, concerts and festivals."

Local up-and-comers 19 Twenty, fresh from supporting Cold Chisel, have already signed up for Play It Forward, with other acts to be confirmed.

Chair of Destination Kiama, Councillor Matt Brown, said the concert was a great way for the Kiama community to show their support for their neighbours down south.

"Kiama has avoided the worst of the bushfires, unlike our family, friends, colleagues and team mates in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley," Clr Brown said.

"Play It Forward is a chance to show our support in a very practical way."

Mr McDonald said all money raised from Play It Forward will go directly to those South Coast communities affected by the bushfires.

"We are working to ensure the funds raised go straight to these people, who are just like you and me, but have had their lives turned upside down."

It is understood funds raised will be directed towards communities that have been hardest hit, such as the Lake Conjola community.

Play It Forward is being held in Hindmarsh Park from 3.30pm on Sunday 26 January.

Entry will be free, with donation collection points throughout the venue.

The Kiama region has already raised tens of thousands to support the RFS and fire-affected areas.

A fundraising fun day organised by the Gerringong Surf Club and Werri Boardriders raised more than $25,000, and members of local RFS brigades collected donations at the Kiama New Year's Eve Sky Show.