Nothing brings the counry together like a telethon. Considering the disaster that is unfolding within Queensland at the moment – Theodore, Bundaberg, Emerald, Surat, Rockhampton (and soon to be St George – again) and more – it’s an important time for the country to come together and support those people who have been severely impacted by this latest deluge & flooding.

With over $10 million already raise through the Queensland Premier’s appeal, all money raised by this appeal will bolster and improve the help that can be offer to those impacted by this amazing natural disaster. From the press release:

The Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, and The Nine/WIN Network today announced a National fund raising appeal to be held on Sunday night Live from 6.30pm local Queensland and Nationally from 7.30pm.

These floods are arguably the worst in Queensland’s history. The affected area is larger than New South Wales or bigger than France and Germany combined. There have been entire towns evacuated and others cut-off from supplies. Currently over 200,000 people are effected.

At this stage the enormous damage bill is predicted to be in the billions of dollars and the situation is still worsening in some areas.

Premier Anna Bligh, who today inspected flood damage and clean-up efforts in Alpha and Jericho, congratulated The Nine Network for organising the telethon. “The star power of Channel Nine will really help to kick along donations to the Premiers’ Disaster Relief Appeal. Since the Queensland Government launched the appeal, Australian families and businesses have dug deep raising more than $10 million.

“This is an unprecedented flood and the thousands of affected families really need help from all levels of government, multinational companies and their fellow Australians. Aussies have a proud record of supporting disaster victims and I know the telethon will really help focus attention on the appeal. There will be thousands of people reaching for their phones on Sunday night to donate money and I’ll be helping to answer the calls,” Ms Bligh said.

Nine Network Queensland Managing Director, Kylie Blucher confirmed this massive mobilisation of the Nine Network team this morning and says “This is probably one of the easiest decisions Nine and WIN have ever made given the extraordinary spirit being shown by the Queenslanders in these flood affected areas. It will be our honour and privilege to do our bit to help these brave Queenslander’s get back on their feet.”

Nine is assembling a star-studded line up, further details to be announced tomorrow.

UPDATE 07/01/11: The stars who’ve signed on have been announced! Performing at the Southbank Piazza will be Tina Arena, Jessica Mauboy, Altiyan Childs, David Campbell, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, & Troy Cassar-Daley. Qld Premier Anna Bligh will also be at Southbank.

An even bigger list of sports stars & personalities will be manning the phones in the call centre: Jonathan Brown, Meshel Laurie, Wally Lewis, Jamie Dunn, Peter Dick, Greg Carey, Gary Hardgrave, Michael Price, John-Paul Langbroek, James Hopes, Chris Hartley, Brad Fittler, Shelley Craft, Les Hill, Gigi Edgley, Katherine Hicks, Peter Phelps, Tim Blackwell, Marty Sheargold, Paul “Campo” Campion, Robin Bailey, Darren Lockyer, Justin Hodges, Dane Carlaw, Ben Hunt, Andrew Lofthouse, Melissa Downes, Emma Freedman, Ken Sutcliffe, Fatty (Paul) Vautin, Wendell Sailor, Mark Vincent, Kate Miller-Heidke, Steve Jacobs, Catriona Rowntree, Akmal Saleh, Paul Taylor, Lisa McCune, Ian Stenlake, Jessica Origliasso, & Carl Barron.

I’ll be at the call centre tweeting, taking some shots and interviewing some of the personalities involved – and I’ll publish the video for you all to enjoy!


Qld Flood Relief Appeal – Australia Unites – Sun 9/1 6.30pm BNE (7:30pm SYD, MEL), Ch9.