Presented by Bank of Queensland
We Are Targetting $1 Million in 1 Month for Flood Relief
Recently, the Northern Rivers of NSW and Southeast QLD were devastated by a natural disaster of unimaginable magnitude and severity.
We have announced a range of fundraising initiatives to assist with recovery across the region, with a target of raising $1 million in one month and a commitment that 100% of money raised will go directly to flood affected communities.
Continuing The Flood Aid series of concerts, proudly presented by The Bank of Queensland, Secret Sounds would like to announce that Floodlights, supported by Girl and Girl and Seasoning will be playing at Bangalow Hall on Friday 15th April ( Good Friday) to continue to raise money on ground for those affected by the recent flood devastation in the region. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to our chosen Flood Aid charities:
Funding Lifeline, GIVIT, Koori Mail Bundjalung Community Flood Relief and Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund.
Doors open at 7.00pm. Let’s ‘band’ together, enjoy the music and raise as much as we can for the local communities affected.
‘After such a tough few months in the Northern Rivers/ Bundjalung Country, we’re stoked to announce we will be playing a flood fundraiser show at Bangalow A&I Hall on Friday April 15. We feel really lucky to be able to play in this spot that holds such a special place in our hearts and to help raise funds for the communities who have been hit hard. Looking forward to seeing friends, family & new faces- all proceeds from the show will go to Koori Mail, Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund and Lifeline.’ – Floodlights
Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron have kicked off the fundraising with a $100K donation each ($200K in total). Alongside the fund raised from our incredible gigs over the last fortnight featuring Flume (DJ Set), Bernard Fanning, Wolfmother, Dune Rats, The Rubens, WAAX & many more . Bank of Queensland has also jumped on board as a key sponsor to help make the concerts happen.
Stay tuned to the Flood Aid Auction site as items and experiences are added across the campaign month including VIP tickets to the sold out 2022 Splendour in the Grass as well as money can’t buy experiences with some big names!
It’s a bit cheeky but it’s also a bit true yeah? Limited edition “Where The Muddy Hell Are You” t-shirts and hats will be available across the fundraiser month.
All money raised through Secret Sounds Flood Aid campaign will be distributed between four key organisations to provide direct assistance where it is needed. Every cent of every dollar raised will go directly to the community. All recipient organisations have made this commitment.
LIFELINE will provide tailored face to face and digital psychological first aid for affected communities including counselling, information resources for individuals, crisis helplines and Lifeline text. These services are being specifically created for these communities and for this situation.
Lifeline CEO Colin Seery said that the organisation’s staff and volunteers have been working on the ground tirelessly to support local people.
“Lifeline is at the very heart of the communities that have been hardest hit so we have a clear picture of just how devastating these floods have been for individuals and families.”
“The funds raised from the Secret Sounds initiatives will enable us to continue to extend and tailor Lifeline services and to help communities reach a point where they regain sustainability and resilience.”
GIVIT is a national donation platform managing donations of items, services and funds for people impacted by floods across parts of Queensland and New South Wales. GIVIT works directly with councils, outreach teams, charities and community groups in impacted areas to identify exactly what’s needed to make sure people get what they need, when they need it.
The local newspaper of the Bundjalung region, KOORI MAIL is wholly owned by five Bundjalung Aboriginal community organisations. These regions have been severely flood impacted and fundraising will directly support these communities.
The Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund is a collaborative, community-led relief fund formed by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) and Byron Community Centre. 100% of all funds received will be directly allocated to not-for-profit community organisations working in flood recovery across the wider Northern Rivers region.
It is impossible to overstate the impact of the flooding that hit Northern NSW and Southeast QLD a fortnight ago. All previous records were smashed by metres. Roads and bridges were washed away. Schools were destroyed. Thousands of homes were inundated, with water levels in Lismore exceeding a previously unfathomable 14 metres. Residents climbed into ceiling cavities to escape the floodwaters or onto rooftops in hope of being rescued by civilians in tinnies.
Huge landslides moved houses down mountains in the hills behind Mullumbimby, and now scar the Northern NSW hinterland. Heroic community members trekked through the bush, across raging torrents and waist high mud to rescue the isolated and injured. They carried in generators, fuel, supplies, even a satellite dish and radios and they encountered scenes that no civilian volunteer should ever have to witness.
Further south in Woodburn and Coraki the floodwater has only just subsided and a massive clean-up effort is underway in that devastated region.
Thousands of homes are now uninhabitable. The families who lived in them are facing an uncertain future. Northern NSW was already facing a housing crisis and the situation is now critical. Many have also lost their businesses or income for the foreseeable future.
Whether directly affected by flooding or volunteering for rescue and clean up, this disaster has been traumatic for the entire community and has taken a huge emotional toll on everyone in its path.
You support, to help raise as much money as possible for devastated communities, is much appreciated!
We would also like to thank Wanderlust, Jack Daniel’s, Byron Bay Brewery, Smirnoff and Red Bull who have also jumped on to assist with this campaign.