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Australian music greats join forces to raise money for Red Cross flood appeal

Australian music greats have banded together to help raise money for flood-ravaged communities in the nation’s east.

Part of Queensland and NSW were submerged in waters, forcing locals to flee their homes.

Dozens of people also lost their lives in the unprecedented weather event.

The rest of the nation has been asked to dig deep into their pockets and raise money to help the hundreds of thousands of flood victims.

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Camera IconA number of Australian music icons, like Delta Goodrem, are coming together to perform in Saturday night’s Red Cross telethon event. Julian Andrews Credit: News Corp Australia
Jimmy Barnes will also take to the stage to help raise money for flood affected victims in NSW and Queensland. Daniel Boud
Camera IconJimmy Barnes will also take to the stage to help raise money for flood affected victims in NSW and Queensland. Daniel Boud Credit: Supplied
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Camera IconJessica Mauboy is another of the many artists performing at the event. Richard Dobson Credit: News Corp Australia

Australian Red Cross are raising money with a special telethon event called ‘Australia Unites: Red Cross Flood Appeal’ that will air live at 7.30pm AEDT on Saturday night on Channel 9 and 9 Now, Channel 7 and 7 Plus and 10 and 10 Play.

A number of famous faces including Tones And I, Jimmy Barnes, Delta Goodrem, Jon Stevens, Missy Higgins, Jessica Mauboy, Vanessa Amorosi, Hunters and Collectors, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Living End, Casey Donovan and Sheppard will perform to help raise money.

Hosting the show across all three major TV networks are Scott Cam, Sylvia Jeffreys, Andy Lee and Peter Overton for Channel 9, Natalie Barr, David Koch, Sonia Kruger and Mark Ferguson for Channel 7 and Carrie Bickmore, Dr. Chris Brown, Amanda Keller and Osher Günsberg for Channel 10.

The Project star will part of Channel 10’s panel of hosts for the show. Instagram/ Supplied
Camera IconThe Project star will part of Channel 10’s panel of hosts for the show. Instagram/ Supplied Credit: Supplied
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Camera IconSunrise presenters Natalie Barr and David Koch will co-host for Channel 7. <span>Julian Andrews</span> Credit: News Corp Australia

All money raised from the event will go towards two different types of cash grants that will open on March 18.

Bereavement Grants will help with immediate needs, like funeral costs, for senior next-of-kin of those who died as a result of the floods.

The Relief Grant with help with basic needs such as food, clothing or personal items for people whose homes was impacted by the floods and are experiencing financial hardship as a result.

All proceeds raised from the telethon will go towards helping flood victims. NCA NewsWire / Danielle Smith
Camera IconAll proceeds raised from the telethon will go towards helping flood victims. NCA NewsWire / Danielle Smith Credit: NCA NewsWire
The money will be given under two cash grants to help with everyday essentials or funeral costs. NCA NewsWire / Danielle Smith
Camera IconThe money will be given under two cash grants to help with everyday essentials or funeral costs. NCA NewsWire / Danielle Smith Credit: NCA NewsWire

Red Cross chief Kym Pfitzner said there were hopes the event would be a huge success to help those in need.

“We are already working to contact bereaved families offering a contribution to their immediate financial needs,“ he said.

“The size of the Relief Grant will be determined by the generosity of people from across Australia.

“Red Cross is grateful for the efforts of Channels 9, 7 and 10, who are coming together in a television first to unite the nation to support those impacted by the floods through a night of musical entertainment from Australian stars.”

To date, more than 630 Red Cross workers are in the field and have supported people in 59 evacuation and relief centres and 29 recovery hubs.

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